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Hoplostethus atlanticus (Slimehead; Sea perch; Red roughy; Red roughy; Orange ruff; Orange roughy; Orange rough-fish; Deep-sea perch; Deep sea perch)

Synonyms: Hoplostethus gilchristi; Hoplostethus islandicum; Hoplostethus islandicus; Hoplosthethus atlanticus; Leiogaster atlanticus var. spinulosus
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Wikipedia Abstract

The orange roughy, red roughy, slimehead, or deep sea perch (Hoplostethus atlanticus) is a relatively large deep-sea fish belonging to the slimehead family (Trachichthyidae). The UK Marine Conservation Society has categorized orange roughy as "vulnerable to exploitation". It is found in 3 to 9 °C (37 to 48 °F), deep (bathypelagic, 180-to-1,800-metre (590 to 5,910 ft)) waters of the Western Pacific Ocean, eastern Atlantic Ocean (from Iceland to Morocco; and from Walvis Bay, Namibia, to off Durban, South Africa), Indo-Pacific (off New Zealand and Australia), and in the Eastern Pacific off Chile.The orange roughy is notable for its extraordinary lifespan, living for up to 149 years. It is important to commercial deep-trawl fisheries. The fish is a bright, brick-red color; fading to a yellowis
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Adult Weight [1]  8.49 lbs (3.85 kg)
Female Maturity [2]  17 years 8 months
Male Maturity [1]  19 years 9 months
Maximum Longevity [2]  149 years
Migration [3]  Oceanodromous

Prey / Diet

Acanthephyra pelagica[4]
Acanthephyra quadrispinosa[4]
Amblyops abbreviata[5]
Apogon dovii (Cardinal fish)[5]
Argyropelecus aculeatus (marine hatchetfish)[5]
Bathylagus euryops (Goiter blacksmelt)[5]
Bathymysis helgae[5]
Boreomysis arctica[5]
Boreomysis megalops[5]
Boreomysis tridens[5]
Calanus helgolandicus[5]
Chauliodus sloani (Dannevig's dragonfish)[4]
Epigonus lenimen (Deepsea big-eye)[5]
Eucopia unguiculata[5]
Gennadas elegans[5]
Gnathophausia zoea[5]
Hygophum benoiti (Lanternfish)[5]
Jaxea nocturna[5]
Lampanyctus macdonaldi (Rakery lanternfish)[5]
Micromesistius poutassou (Poutassou)[5]
Mysidetes farrani[5]
Nannobrachium achirus (Lantern fish)[5]
Nematocarcinus ensifer[5]
Paralepis coregonoides (Barracudina)[5]
Parapasiphae sulcatifrons (grooveback shrimp)[5]
Pasiphaea multidentata (pink glass shrimp)[5]
Pasiphaea tarda (crimson pasiphaeid)[5]
Plesionika martia (golden shrimp)[5]
Rhincalanus cornutus[5]
Sergestes arcticus[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Alepocephalus rostratus (Risso's smooth-head)1
Amblyraja hyperborea (Arctic skate)2
Argentina silus (Atlantic argentine)1
Bathyraja spinicauda (Spiny-tailed skate)1
Centroscyllium fabricii (Black dogfish)2
Coelorinchus aspercephalus (Rough-head whiptail)1
Hymenocephalus italicus (Glasshead grenadier)1
Lepidorhynchus denticulatus (Deepsea whiptail)1
Malacoraja senta (Smooth skate)1
Pagellus bogaraveo (Sea-bream)1
Rajella fyllae (Round ray)1
Sebastes mentella (Redfish)1


Architeuthis dux (giant squid)[5]
Etmopterus baxteri (New Zealand lanternshark)[6]


Parasitized by 
Anisakis simplex[7]
Glomericirrus amadai[7]
Glomericirrus macrouri[7]
Hemiurus communis[7]
Hepatoxylon trichiuri[7]
Pseudopecoelus sewelli[7]
Scolex pleuronectis <Unverified Name>[7]
Scolex polymorphus <Unverified Name>[7]


Agulhas Current; Amsterdam Island; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Eastern Central; Atlantic, Northeast; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Southeast; Australia; Azores Islands; Benguela Current; Canary Current; Cantabrian Sea; Celtic-Biscay Shelf; Chile; East Central Australian Shelf; Faeroe Islands; Faroe Plateau; France; Galician Shelf; Great Australian Bight; Greenland; Iberian Coastal; Iceland; Iceland Shelf/Sea; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Ireland; Le Danois Bank; Morocco; Namibia; New Zealand; New Zealand Shelf; Newfoundland-Labrador Shelf; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Norway; Norwegian Sea; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Southeast; Pacific, Southwest; Saint Paul Islands; Scotian Shelf; South Africa; Tasman Sea; USA (contiguous states); West Greenland Shelf; Western Atlantic: Gulf of Maine (Ref. 4784) [in error according to Moore (Fishes of the Gulf of Maine, in press), should be off northern Nova Scotia]. Eastern Atlantic: Iceland to Morocco; Walvis Bay, Namibia to off Durban, South Africa. Indo-Pacific:; Western Atlantic: Gulf of Maine (Ref. 4784) [in error according to Moore (Fishes of the Gulf of Maine, in press), should be off northern Nova Scotia]. Eastern Atlantic: Iceland to Morocco; Walvis Bay, Namibia to off Durban, South Africa. Indo-Pacific: south-central Indian Ocean and New Zealand. Eastern Pacific: Chile (Ref. 27363). Several stocks may exist as suggested by distinct spawning sites and seasons.;



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1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
3Riede, Klaus (2004) Global Register of Migratory Species - from Global to Regional Scales. Final Report of the R&D-Projekt 808 05 081. 330 pages + CD-ROM
4Diet and food consumption of a deep-sea fish, orange roughy Hoplostethus atlanticus (Pisces: Trachichthyidae),off southeastern Australia, C . M. Bulman, J. A. Koslow, MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES Vol. 82: 115-129, 1992
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
6Feeding ecology of the southern lanternshark (Etmopterus baxteri) and the brown lanternshark (E. unicolor) off southeastern Australia, Chris S. Hallett and Ross K. Daley, ICES Journal of Marine Science (2011), 68(1), 157–165
7Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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