Classification / Names
Common names from other countries
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 38.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2334); max. reported age: 10 years (Ref. 72479)
Length at first maturity
Lm ?, range 16 - ? cm
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 2 - 55 m (Ref. 30874)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 22°C - 28°C, preferred ?; 43°N - 40°S, 95°E - 130°W (Ref. 55292)
Pacific Ocean: Cocos-Keeling Islands and Western Australia (Ref. 27362) in the eastern Indian Ocean to the Marquesas and Oeno (Pitcairn group), north to southern Japan and southern Korea, south to Lord Howe Island, northern New Zealand, and the Austral Islands. Replaced by the very similar Pterois miles from the Red Sea to Sumatra.
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions
soft rays: 6 - 8. Scales cycloid (Ref. 37816). Variable in color, usually in relation to habitat. Coastal species generally darker, sometimes almost black in estuaries. Often with large tentacles above eyes (Ref. 48635).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Fisheries: commercial; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index
PD50 = 0.5010 many relatives (e.g. carps) 0.5 - 2.0 few relatives (e.g. lungfishes)
4.4 ±0.4 se; Based on diet studies.
High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.)
Low to moderate vulnerability (34 of 100)