Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Kyphosidae
(Sea chubs) > Scorpidinae
Etymology: Neoscorpis: Greek, neos = new + Greek, skorpis = a kind of fish (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal. Subtropical
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 30.0, range 27 - ? cm
Max length : 50.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9403); common length : 18.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9403); max. published weight: 2.6 kg (Ref. 4362)
Western Indian Ocean: Inhaca Island, Mozambique to False Bay, South Africa (Ref. 4371).
Inhabits coastal waters with rocky substrate. Feeds on algae and the associated invertebrates (Ref. 5213).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
van der Elst, R., 1981. A guide to the common sea fishes of southern Africa. C. Struik, Cape Town. 367 p. (Ref. 3670)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01349 (0.00567 - 0.03209), b=3.00 (2.79 - 3.21), based on LWR estimates for this species & Subfamily-body sh (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.8 ±0.25 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.22; tmax=10, but probably greater).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (42 of 100) .