Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes
(Cusk eels) > Bythitidae
(Viviparous brotulas) > Bythitinae
Etymology: galatheae: Named after the Danish Galathea 3 expedition which circumnavigated the world in
2006-2007. More on authors: Nielsen & Møller.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 400 - 527 m (Ref. 83559). Deep-water
Western Pacific: Solomon Sea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 83559)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 61;
Vertebrae: 44 - 45. This species differs from its congeners by the following characters: 70-72 dorsal-fin rays; 61 anal-fin rays; 19-20 pectoral-fin rays; 11 precaudal vertebrae; origin of anal fin below dorsal fin ray 12-13; absence of pseudobranchial filaments; lower part of preopercle with 3-4 spines (Ref. 83559).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Nielsen, J.G. and P.R. Møller, 2008. New and rare deep-sea ophidiiform fishes from the Solomon Sea caught by the Danish Galathea 3 Expedition. Steenstrupia 30(1):21-46. (Ref. 83559)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 6.9 - 12.1, mean 8.8 (based on 48 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .