Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Agonidae
(Poachers) > Anoplagoninae
Etymology: Aspidophoroides: Greek, aspidos, shield + Latin, fero = to carry (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 695 m (Ref. 57178), usually 60 - 150 m (Ref. 56557). Temperate; -2°C - 10°C (Ref. 56557); 84°N - 42°N, 162°W - 43°W (Ref. 57302)
Northwest Atlantic: western Greenland and Labrador in Canada to Cape Cod in Massachusetts, USA.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 10.4, range 10 - 10.9 cm
Max length : 22.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 56591); common length : 14.2 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 56591)
Occurs primarily in the lower sections of the shelf all year (depths of 80-200 m) (Ref. 41410). Inhabits sand and mud bottoms, with temperature range of -1.07 to 2.52°C (Ref. 5951). Feeds on crustaceans and bottom fauna (Ref. 58426).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray, 1986. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 354 p. (Ref. 7251)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 0.5 - 7.6, mean 4.8 (based on 301 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00339 (0.00127 - 0.00906), b=3.07 (2.84 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.0 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (38 of 100) .