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Callionymus octostigmatus  Fricke, 1981

Eightspot dragonet
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Callionymidae (Dragonets)
Etymology: Callionymus: Greek, kallion, comparative of kallos = beautiful + Greek, onyma = name; with a better name .   More on author: Fricke.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 49 - 148 m (Ref. 42832).   Tropical

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Indo-West Pacific: Andaman Sea to China, Philippines and New Guinea.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 42832); common length : 12.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 42832)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 4; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 9. Head and body brown, dorsally with many white-edged dark spots. Ventral sides whitish. Sides with 1 or 2 rows of dark blotches. First dorsal fin in males with many irregular white-edged dark lines. Fin distally blackish in females and young males. Second dorsal fin in males with vertical blackish streaks. Anal fin with 8 basal blackish spots. Caudal, pectoral, and pelvic fins spotted with brown (Ref 42832).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found on sand and mud bottoms (Ref. 42832). Feeds on crustaceans, worms, and snails (Ref. 42832). Utilized as fish meal; sometimes marketed fresh (Ref. 42832).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Fricke, Ronald | Collaborators

Fricke, R., 2001. Callionymidae. Dragonets. p. 3549-3571. In K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 6. Bony fishes part 4 (Labridae to Latimeriidae), estuarine crocodiles. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 42832)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00933 (0.00407 - 0.02141), b=2.77 (2.59 - 2.95), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.46 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (22 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.