Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Opistognathidae
Etymology: Opistognathus: Greek, opisthe = behind + Greek, gnathos = jaw (Ref. 45335); elizabethensis: Named for its type locality, Elizabeth Reef (Australia).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 18 m (Ref. 76827). Subtropical
Southwestern Pacific: Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 76827)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 17 - 19;
Vertebrae: 33. This species possess the following characters: D XI,18-19; about 47-51 oblique scale rows in
longitudinal series on the body; no scales anterolaterally forward of verticals from 6th or 7th dorsal-fin spine; an oblong black spot (partially encircled by white border) between spines 3-6 of dorsal fin, and this extends slightly onto dorsum; 2-3 vomerine teeth (Ref. 76827).
Benthic species which occurs inshore; inhabits coral reef (Ref. 75154).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Smith-Vaniz, W.F., 2004. Descriptions of six new species of jawfishes (Opistognathidae: Opistognathus) from Australia. Rec. Aust. Mus. 56:209-224. (Ref. 76827)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .