Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes/Scorpaenoidei
(Scorpionfishes) > Triglidae
(Searobins) > Triglinae
Etymology: Chelidonichthys: Greek, chelidon, -onos = swift, as black as a swift + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335). More on author: Walbaum.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 20 - 170 m. Temperate; 53°N - 15°N, 32°W - 36°E
Eastern Atlantic: southern coasts of the British Isles to Mauritania, the Azores and Madeira; Mediterranean but absent in northern Aegean Sea and Black Sea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 50.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 106276)
Benthic on the continental shelf in 77 m; inhabits soft bottoms and fallen rocks (Ref. 4697). Minimum depth range from Ref. 121790.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Richards, W.J. and V.P. Saksena, 1990. Triglidae. p. 680-684. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 2. (Ref. 3687)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 12.8 - 17.3, mean 14.7 °C (based on 81 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5010 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00646 (0.00535 - 0.00779), b=3.08 (3.02 - 3.14), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.4 se; based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (52 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 46.3 [23.9, 97.1] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.267 [0.171, 0.480] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.4 [17.0, 19.7] % ; Omega3 = 0.567 [0.270, 1.553] g/100g ; Selenium = 23.3 [12.5, 55.5] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 13 [5, 32] μg/100g ; Zinc = 0.572 [0.402, 0.849] mg/100g (wet weight);