Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Serranidae
(Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets) > Anthiinae
Etymology: Meganthias: Name from Greek 'megas' for large and 'anthias' for Mediterranean fish, refers to the size of the 2 species, larger than species of Odontanthias which do not exceed 20.4 cm SL.; filiferus: Name from the Latin 'filum' for thread or filament and suffix '-fer' meaning to bear, referring to the very long dorsal= and caudal-fin filaments. More on authors: Randall & Heemstra.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range ? - 150 m (Ref. 84847). Tropical
Indian Ocean: Thailand (Andaman Sea) (Ref. 84847) and SW coast of India (Arabian Sea (Ref. 86260).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 29.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 84847)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D X,18; A III,8; pectoral rays 17; lateral-line scales 44; gill rakers 12 + 25; body depth 2.05 in SL; head length 2.5 in SL; orbit diameter 4.5 in HL; with accessory scales, dense on head and nape; scales dorsally on snout extending forward to upper lip; small scales cover mandible; rugose lips from dense papillae, enlarged on front of lower lip; maxilla nearly reaching a vertical at rear edge of eye, its posterior end and corners slightly rounded; each side at front of upper jaw with 6 short and stout conical teeth, projecting slightly upward and fully exposed when mouth closed (along with most of the villiform teeth); no teeth on tongue; preopercle corner strongly angular, no spine, upper margin finely serrate, while the lower one is crenulate; dorsal spines progressively longer, the tenth 3.2 in HL; second and third dorsal soft rays prolonged as a very long filament, ray length 1.5 in SL; lunate caudal fin with extremely long filamentous lobes, fin length 1.1 in SL; third anal spine longer than second, 2.95 in HL; preserved color in alcohol pale yellowish with black edges on the last 6 interspinous membranes of dorsal fin, when fresh, pink and yellow (Ref. 84847).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Randall, J.E. and P.C. Heemstra, 2008. Meganthias filiferus, a new species of anthine fish (Perciformes: Serranidae), from the Andaman Sea off southwestern Thailand. Phuket Marine Biological Center Res. Bull., 68: 5-9. (Ref. 84847)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02455 (0.00951 - 0.06333), b=2.98 (2.75 - 3.21), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (39 of 100) .