Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Dactylopteridae
Etymology: Dactyloptena: Greek, daktylos = fingers + Greek, pten, -enos = wing, fin.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 45 - 177 m (Ref. 27821). Deep-water
Indo-West Pacific: southern India and Sri Lanka to the Philippines, south to northern Australia and Papua New Guinea (Ref. 6192).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48635)
Differ in color from the more common D. orientalis by the lack of blue lines in the pectoral fins and has a centrally placed dark blotch on the fin instead. Also the body lacks black spots (Ref. 48635).
Found in the continental shelf (Ref. 7300, 75154). Rarely observed due to mud-preferred habitats (Ref. 48635). Benthic (Ref. 75154). Not fished commercially but taken incidentally throughout its range. Usually caught near shore. Marketed fresh occasionally (Ref. 3392).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Eschmeyer, W.N., 1997. A new species of dactylopteridae (Pisces) from the Philippines and Australia, with a brief synopsis of the family. Bull. Mar. sci. 60(3):727-738. (Ref. 27821)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 20.4 - 27.9, mean 25.2 (based on 461 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5234 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00447 (0.00169 - 0.01184), b=3.12 (2.89 - 3.35), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 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 vulnerability (16 of 100) .