Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Drepaneidae
Etymology: Drepane: Greek, drepane = sickle (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; brackish; reef-associated; amphidromous (Ref. 51243); depth range ? - 50 m (Ref. 9800). Tropical, preferred ?
Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Indonesia, New Guinea and Philippines, north to Taiwan and Japan, south to northern Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 50.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9800); common length : 23.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5450)
Found inshore, on sand or mud bottoms, reefs, estuaries and harbors. Maximum depth for this species is less than 50 m. Feeds on benthic invertebrates (Ref. 5213). Breeds close inshore during spring (Ref. 5324). Flesh edible, but not esteemed (Ref. 12484).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Heemstra, P.C., 1997. Drepanidae. Sicklefishes. In K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) FAO Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes. The Western Central Pacific. (Ref. 9800)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01585 (0.00623 - 0.04034), b=3.03 (2.81 - 3.25), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.37 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (42 of 100) .