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Matsubarichthys inusitatus  Poss & Johnson, 1991

Rare velvetfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Aploactinidae (Velvetfishes)
Etymology: Matsubarichthys: Because of Matsubara, icthyologist in scorpenoid fishes. He was cited by Hilgendorf, 1880, and named after Shinnosuke Matsubara, director of Imperial Fisheries in Tokyo;  inusitatus: Name means unusual or rare.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal.   Tropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 1.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. )

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 6; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 4; Vertebrae: 21. Head extremely large, depressed. Body elongate, not compressed. Caudal fin damaged (rounded, without branched rays, 10 segmented rays and 4 unsegmented). Body scales absent, except for lateral line which are extremely long and tubular; first 3 touching each other. Its distinct, densely melanic spots on the head may be a transitory larval or juvenile character but cannot be verified until larger specimens are caught (Ref. 35981).

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Western Pacific: known only from the holotype taken in Queensland, Australia.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Known only from the holotype which may be at a transitory larvae and juvenile stage with a length of 0.85 cm SL (Ref. 35981). Maximum length value is preliminary and is assumed to be twice the length of the only juvenile specimen reported.

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Poss, S.G. and G.D. Johnson, 1991. Matsubarichthys inusitatus, a new genus and species of velvetfish (Scorpaeniformes: Aploactinidae) from the Great Barrier Reef. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 104(3):468-473. (Ref. 35981)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

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 = 1.0000   [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), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.0   ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.