Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Scombriformes
(Mackerels) > Caristiidae
Etymology: Caristius: Name presumably named after Carystus, a demi-god of Greek mythology.; walvisensis: Named for its type locality, south of the Walvis Seamount.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 1 - 1200 m (Ref. 95096), usually - m (Ref. ). Deep-water; 0°C -
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Southeast Atlantic: Walvis Seamount.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 95096)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 21. This species is distinguished by the following characters: anterior profile of head moderately sloped, forming with midline of body an angle of 70°; distance from origin of upper jaw to origin of dorsal fin (along the forehead slope) equal to head length; head length equal to length of ventroanal distance; dorsal fin origin at level of orbit; eye diameter approximately equal to caudal peduncle depth; gill rakers are thin, long (length slightly smaller than length of gill filaments); distance between gill rakers equal to 1/2 of their length; on upper part of raker, only 2 spinules; total number of gill rakers 18; teeth on jaws acute, in 1 row, hook-like, and numerous in posterior part of jaws directed anteriorly; vomer with 8 acute teeth located in 2 rows; palatine teeth acute and numerous; lateral line as row of enlarged scale poaches along dorsal fin base (Ref. 95096).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kukuev, E.I., N.V. Parin and I.A. Trunov, 2013. Materials for the revision of the family Caristiidae (Perciformes): 3. Manefishes (genus Caristius) from moderate warm waters of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans with a description of three new species from the southeast Atlantic (C. barsukovi sp. n., C. litvinovi sp. n., C. walvisensis sp. n.). J. Ichthyol. 53(8):541-561. (Ref. 95096)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01995 (0.00906 - 0.04395), b=3.01 (2.83 - 3.19), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .