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Sebastapistes fowleri  (Pietschmann, 1934)

Pigmy scorpionfish
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes) > Scorpaeninae
Etymology: Sebastapistes: Greek, sebastes = august, venerable + Greek apistia, -as = distrust (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 2 - 61 m (Ref. 48236).   Tropical; 23°N - 24°S

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - 2.4 cm
Max length : 4.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 5. Eye not extending above the dorsal profile of the head. Large pores of the cephalic lateralis system, nasal pore above and adjacent to posterior nostril with a very small retrorse nasal spine (may be absent) on its upper edge. Low ridge like spines dorsally on the head. Preocular spine embedded; sphenotic spines absent or embedded; and postorbital spines absent. Posterior lacrimal spine projecting slightly anteriorly, and a single spine posteriorly on the suborbital ridge with a pore-associated spine just below the ridge under the posterior third of the eye (Ref. 48236).

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Indo-Pacific: Mauritius and the Comoro Islands to Pitcairn, north to the Hawaiian Islands.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in areas with rubble or mixed sand and rubble, within or near coral reefs (Ref. 48236, 58302). Benthic (Ref. 58302). Venomous spines (Ref. 1602). Solitary (Ref 90102).

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Randall, J.E. and S.G. Poss, 2002. Redescription of the Indo-Pacific scorpionfish Scorpaenopsis fowleri and reallocation to the genus Sebastapistes. Pac. Sci. 56(1):57-64. (Ref. 48236)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Venomous (Ref. 1602)




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5010   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01380 (0.00708 - 0.02692), b=3.02 (2.85 - 3.19), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (15 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   High.