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Meuschenia scaber  (Forster, 1801)

Velvet leatherjacket
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Tetraodontiformes (Puffers and filefishes) > Monacanthidae (Filefishes)

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 20 - 200 m (Ref. 9563).   Temperate; 30°S - 48°S, 112°E - 180°E

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 31.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9563); common length : 25.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9258)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 32-38; Anal soft rays: 31 - 36. Scales small with numerous tiny spinules, prominent first dorsal spine above eyes (Ref. 9002).

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions | Faunafri

Indo-West Pacific: New Zealand and Australia (southern Western Australia to New South Wales and Tasmania).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits rocky weedy areas from the shore to at least 60 m. Generally solitary but may aggregate in groups of 10-15 individuals in midwater. Feeds mainly on sessile and encrusting organisms, with sponges and ascidians predominating (Ref. 26966). Feeds on bottom invertebrates, also seen feeding mid-water on zooplankton, likes to bite diver's fingers (Ref. 9002).

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Armitage, R.O., D.A. Payne, G.J. Lockley, H.M. Currie, R.L. Colban, B.G. Lamb and L.J. Paul (eds.), 1994. Guide book to New Zealand commercial fish species. Revised edition. New Zealand Fishing Industry Board, Wellington, New Zealand, 216 p.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5039   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.03470 (0.01870 - 0.06439), b=2.96 (2.79 - 3.13), based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.0   ±0.2 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tm=2).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (38 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   High.