Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Chlopsidae
Etymology: Chlopsis: Greek, chloea = green + Greek, opsis = appearance (Ref. 45335); slusserorum: Named in honor of Marion and Willis Slusser, for their keen interest in natural history and generous support of research and education (Ref. 47953). More on authors: Tighe & McCosker.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 366 - 487 m (Ref. 47953). Deep-water
Western Central Pacific: Fiji and the Solomon Islands.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.1 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 47953)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 138. Differentiated by its high vertebral count combined with its distinctive pigmentation - light tan, dorso-lateral surface of body overlaid with a series of circa 30-35 dark brown blotches; blotches either do not extend to the dorsal surface (anterior to dorsal origin or near tail) or only weakly extend to the dorsal fin base, which is lightly pigmented for most of its length; blotches do not line up in pairs with blotches on other side of body (Ref. 47953).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Tighe, K.A. and J.E. McCosker, 2003. Two new species of the genus Chlopsis (Teleostei: Anguilliformes: Chlopsidae) from the southwestern Pacific. Zootaxa 236:1-8. (Ref. 47953)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 7 - 14.2, mean 11.7 °C (based on 20 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5002 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00102 (0.00046 - 0.00225), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .