Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Channichthyidae
Etymology: Chionodraco: Greek, chionos, -a, -on = snow + Greek, drako = dragon (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 0 - 1000 m, usually 200 - 400 m. Polar; 60°S - 67°S, 69°W - 43°W
Southern Ocean: ranges from the South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands to the Antarctic Peninsula.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 52.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5200); common length : 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2805)
Found most commonly at depths from 200-400 m. Adults feed mainly on fishes and krill. Larval pelagic phase is long (Ref. 71843).
Hureau, J.-C., 1985. Channichthyidae. p. 261-277. In W. Fischer and J.C. Hureau (eds.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Southern Ocean (Fishing areas 48, 58 and 88). Rome. Vol. 2. (Ref. 2805)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): -1.4 - 1.3, mean 0.5 (based on 43 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00263 (0.00151 - 0.00458), b=3.61 (3.46 - 3.76), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.62 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tm<5).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (51 of 100) .