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Scarus maculipinna  Westneat, Satapoomin & Randall, 2007

Spot fin parrotfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Scaridae (Parrotfishes) > Scarinae
Etymology: Scarus: Greek, skaros = a fish described by anciente writers as a parrot fish; 1601 (Ref. 45335);  maculipinna: Named for its distinctive pattern of (black) spots on the fins (dorsal, anal and pectoral) of the initial phase of the species..   More on author: Randall.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 3 - 15 m (Ref. 72409).   Tropical

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Eastern Indian Ocean: including the Andaman Sea and Mentawai Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 19.1 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 72409)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 8 - 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 9; Vertebrae: 25. This species is distinguished with pectoral rays 14; dorsal rays IX, 10; anal rays III, 9 ; median pre-dorsal scales 4; scale rows on cheek 3, upper row with 6-7 scales, middle with 5 scales, and lower with 1 or 2 scales; a single laterally projecting canine on side of upper dental plates of adults; lips covering more than three-fourths of dental plates; dorsal fin moderately high, the longest dorsal spine 2.5 (2.1-3.0) in head length; caudal fin truncate in young, slightly emarginate in initial phase fish, and emarginate to lunate in terminal males; color of initial phase brown dorsally and on sides with abdomen pale to white below, two white stripes extending from behind eye to caudal peduncle, often a third white line below dorsal fin; snout and iris of eye yellowish, with a yellow patch covering base of pectoral fin; a distinctive black spot on anal fin, from the third anal spine to the second anal ray; a prominent black spot on second dorsal spine; a small black spot dorsally on base of pectoral fin; terminal-male phase complexly colored in blue-green, pink, and yellow with dark saddle extending from postorbital region to 4th dorsal spine and slanting anteroventrally to just behind pectoral fin base; head with a broad blue-green stripe on snout that divides to form a branch through upper eye, extending a short distance beyond, a branch through lower eye, extending on to opercle; chin and suborbital region pinkish yellow with a short transverse blue-green chin strap; an irregular blue-green zone ventrally on head that continues broadly onto side of chest and anterior abdomen; body blue dorsally posterior to dark saddle, a midlateral blue-green stripe on caudal peduncle that joins a large blue-green crescent in caudal fin; dorsal fin with 4 color bands, red proximally, yellow, red, then blue marginally; anal fin red proximally and blue distally (Ref. 72409).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in shallow water on coral reefs with high coral cover; primarily on reef crest and slope habitats (Ref. 72409).

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Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Westneat, Mark | Collaborators

Westneat, M.W., U. Satapoomin and J.E. Randall, 2007. Scarus maculipinna, a new species of parrotfish (Perciformes, Scaridae) from the eastern Indian Ocean. Zootaxa 1628:59-68. (Ref. 72409)

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=0.00794 (0.00337 - 0.01872), b=3.11 (2.91 - 3.31), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .