Allocyttus niger James, Inada & Nakamura, 1988
Black oreo
photo by SeaFIC

Family:  Oreosomatidae (Oreos), subfamily: Oreosomatinae
Max. size:  47 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 1,500.0 g; max. reported age: 100 years
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 560 - 1300 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: New Zealand and Australian waters south of 43°S, and south of Tasmania at 47°S. Also Ref. 26139.
Biology:  Found close to the sea bed in deep water. Form large shoals over rough ground near pinnacles and canyons. Juveniles are pelagic and inhabit oceanic waters. They tend to be dispersed over smooth grounds (Ref. 6390). Feed mainly on salps and benthic crustaceans (Ref. 27150). Eggs float near the sea surface and larvae also inhabit surface waters (Ref. 6390). Based on trawl catch rates, there is no evidence of vertical migration during day or night (Ref. 27150).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 11.04.95
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 23.02.17
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 25.08.98

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