Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Alepocephaliformes
(Slickheads and tubeshoulders.) > Alepocephalidae
Etymology: Narcetes: Greek, narke = numbness (Ref. 45335); shonanmaruae: Named for the ship ‘Shonan maru’, which collected the type materials; noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 2171 - 2572 m (Ref. 123515). Deep-water
Northwest Pacific: Japan.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 121.0 cm SL (female); max. published weight: 0.00 g
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 11 - 12. This species is distinguished by the following characters: anal fn is entirely behind the dorsal fin; multiserial teeth on premaxillary, maxillary, and dentary; predorsal scale rows > 70; longitudinal scale rows > 110; dorsal to lateral line scale row > 15; anal to lateral line scale rows > 17; branchiostegal rays 7; dorsal-fn rays < 15; precaudal vertebrae < 30; epurals 2; the lengths of head, snout, upper and lower jaws, orbit diameter, dorsal and anal fn bases are relatively short against standard length (Ref. 123515).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Fujiwara, Y., M. Kawato, J.Y. Poulsen, H. Ida, Y. Chikaraishi, N. Ohkouchi, K. Oguri, S. Gotoh, G. Ozawa, S. Tanaka, M. Miya, T. Sado, K. Kimoto, T. Toyofuku and S. Tsuchida, 2021. Discovery of a colossal slickhead (Alepocephaliformes: Alepocephalidae): an active-swimming top predator in the deep waters of Suruga Bay, Japan. Scientific Reports 11:16p. (Ref. 123515)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= No PD50 data [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00347 (0.00164 - 0.00733), b=3.19 (3.00 - 3.38), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High to very high vulnerability (73 of 100) .