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Cocotropus microps  Johnson, 2004

Patchwork velvetfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Aploactinidae (Velvetfishes)
Etymology: Cocotropus: Greek, kokkos = berry, seed + Greek, tropsis, tropo = turning (Ref. 45335);  microps: Name referrong to the small, inconspicuous eyes.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 0 - 14 m (Ref. 57897).   Subtropical, preferred ?

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Southwest Pacific: eastern Australia.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57897)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 5; Vertebrae: 24. This species is characterized by the following: Dorsal XII, 7; anal II, 5; pectoral 10-11; pelvic I, 3; caudal 16-17; with all fin rays unbranched; vertebrae 24. Dorsal fin with anterior, middle and posterior portions notably elevated, first interspace moderately scalloped, second deeply notched; the dorsal membrane is connected posteriorly to the caudal peduncle; head, body and fins densely covered with scales, modified to form velvety prickles; a small fleshy extension on the anterior of the isthmus; frontal ridges parallel on interorbital; body and fins variously marked with pale or white blotches, or small irregular spots (Ref. 57897).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Collected among rocky substrate or rocky reef with some coral growth (Ref. 57897).

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Johnson, J.W., 2004. Two new species and two new records of aploactinid fishes (Pisces: Scorpaeniformes) from Australia. Rec. Aust. Mus. 56(2):179-188. (Ref. 57897)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)

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=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.2   ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .