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Scorpaena gasta  Motomura, Last & Yearsley, 2006

Ghostly scorpionfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes) > Scorpaeninae
Etymology: Scorpaena: Latin, scorpaena = a kind of fish, 1706 (Ref. 45335);  gasta: Name from an Anglo-Saxon word 'gast' meaning spirit or apparition, referring to te somewhat ghostly appearance of alcohol-preserved specimen..   More on author: Last.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 3 - 17 m (Ref. 57437).   Tropical

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Eastern Indian Ocean: Western Australia.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57437); 7.4 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

This species has the following set of characters: 15 pectoral-fin rays; 36-40 longitudinal scale rows; 13 or 14 scales below lateral line; 5 scale rows between last dorsal-fin spine base and lateral line; 0-2 exposed predorsal scale rows; 13 gill rakers; anteroventral surface of body and pectoral-fin base covered with well-exposed scales; no median ridge at the anterior surface of preocular spine; a distinct longitudinal ridge on the lateral surface of maxilla; no spines on lateral surface of lacrimal; anterior lacrimal spine simple; occipital pit extremely deep; relatively thick skin with numerous small sensory pores covering predorsal area from posterior edge of occipital pit to first dorsal-fin spine origin (most predorsal scales embedded in skin), and extending to just above or near first pored lateral-line scale; similar skin with pores between opercular spines and covering upper spine; head and trunk with numerous tentacles, supraocular tentacle longest, about equal to or 1.5 times orbit diameter; anteroventral surface of lower jaw with 1 or 2 pairs of slender tentacles in ventral view; relatively shorter second, third, and fourth dorsal-fin spines (11.4-15.3% of SL [mean 13.3%], 15.8-18.6% [17.4%], 17.9-19.0% [18.4%], respectively), length of third spine less than upper-jaw length; caudal-peduncle depth relatively shallow (10.5-11.7% of SL [11.2%]); soft-rayed portion of dorsal fin with variable, diagonal cluster of black spots; spinous portion of dorsal fin uniform yellowish to reddish with narrow, translucent, submarginal stripe (Ref. 57437).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Motomura, H., P.R. Last and G.K. Yearsley, 2006. New species of shallow water scorpionfish (Scorpaenidae: Scorpaena) from the Central Coast of Western Australia. Copeia 2006(3):360-369. (Ref. 57437)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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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=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.2 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .