Teleostei (teleosts) > Alepocephaliformes
(Slickheads and tubeshoulders.) > Platytroctidae
Etymology: abei: Named after Tokiharu Abe, Japanese ichthyologist (Ref. 6885).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 37 - 1500 m (Ref. 50610). Deep-water
Western Pacific: Japan. Eastern Pacific: British Columbia, Canada (52°N) to Baja California (27°N), and from Peru (16°S) to Chile (39°S). Also from the southeast Pacific (Ref. 2850).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 33.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Mesopelagic at 300-900 m (Ref. 58302). Young migrate in association with Cyclothone signata to within 200 m of the surface at night and feed extensively on small crustaceans (Ref. 4525). Oviparous, with large mesopelagic larvae (Ref. 35760).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Boston (MA, USA): Houghton Mifflin Company. xii+336 p. (Ref. 2850)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 0.5 - 7.9, mean 3.5 °C (based on 290 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00407 (0.00154 - 0.01080), b=3.17 (2.95 - 3.39), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.30 se; based on food items.
Generation time: 1.3 ( na - na) years. Estimated as median ln(3)/K based on 1 growth studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tmax>3).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (19 of 100).