Ocosia sphex, Bismarck waspfish

Ocosia sphex Fricke, 2017

Bismarck waspfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Tetrarogidae (Wasp fishes)
Etymology: sphex: Name for latinized σφήξ (Greek), 'sphex' meaning wasp; referring to the wasp-like sting associated with the fin spines (characteristic of this family) and also alludes to the vernacular name; noun in apposition.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 120 - 155 m (Ref. 118112).   Tropical

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Western Pacific Ocean: Papua New Guinea.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 118112)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

This species was trawled from a steep rocky slope with gorgonian corals (Ref. 118112).

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Fricke, R., 2017. Ocosia sphex, a new species of waspfish from New Hanover Papua New Guinea (Teleostei: Tetrarogidae). J. Ocean Sci. Found. 28:1-9. (Ref. 118112)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)


CITES (Ref. 118484)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Estimates based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5039   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.1   ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (22 of 100) .