Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Serrivomeridae
Etymology: Serrivomer: Latin, serran, serranus, saw + Latin, vomer = ploughshare; in fishes = bone forming the front part of the roof of the mouth (1823) (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range - 2000 m (Ref. 58018), usually - m (Ref. ). Deep-water; 0°C -
Eastern Atlantic: Cape Verde and Senegal (?), from Gulf of Guinea to the south. Western Atlantic: off Brazil (Ref. 47377).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 65.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5237); common length : 34.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57911)
A mesopelagic species feeding on crustaceans and small fishes.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Saldanha, L. and E. Karmovskaya, 1990. Serrivomeridae. p. 169-171. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 1. (Ref. 5237)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 5 - 12.6, mean 7.2 °C (based on 73 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5059 [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
): 3.8 ±0.59 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (38 of 100) .