Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes
(Cusk eels) > Bythitidae
(Viviparous brotulas) > Brosmophycinae
Etymology: Zephyrichthys: Name from Latin 'zephyrus' for west wind, refers to the distribution along the west Australian
coast; noun in apposition.; barryi: Named for J. Barry Hutchins, WAM, Perth, Australia. More on authors: Schwarzhans & Møller.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 15 m (Ref. 76869). Tropical
Eastern Indian Ocean: Western Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 76869); 7.0 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 67 - 77;
Vertebrae: 43 - 46. This species is distinguished by following set of characters: Anterior nostril positioned low on snout; copulatory organ of male with 2 pairs of pseudoclaspers, the outer one is wing-shaped with broad base, the inner one about half the size of the outer pseudoclasper, bifurcate, each branch with supporter, anteriorly joined to outer pseudoclasper; of moderate size, reaching to about 7.0 cm SL; usually 12-13 precaudal vertebrae, 43-46 total vertebrae; 7-8 branchiostegal rays; scale patch on cheek, usually 2-3 scales on operculum above opercular spine (rarely absent); no upper preopercular pore; otolith moderately compressed to elongate, its length to height is 2.1-2.3, sulcus not inclined, colliculi separated, caudal colliculum very short, the length of ostial colliculum to length of caudal colliculum is 5-8); maxilla expanded posterio-ventrally (Ref. 76869).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Schwarzhans, W. and P.R. Møller, 2007. Review of the Dinematichthyini (Teleostei: Bythitidae) of the Indo-west Pacific. Part III. Beaglichthys, Brosmolus, Monothrix and eight new genera with description of 20 new species. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 23:29-110. (Ref. 76869)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 17.7 - 23.3, mean 18.3 (based on 104 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00447 (0.00174 - 0.01147), b=3.10 (2.87 - 3.33), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .