Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Serranidae
(Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets) > Serraninae
Etymology: Serranus: Latin, serran, serranus, saw and a fish of genus Serranus (Ref. 45335); inexpectatus: Name from Latin meaning unexpected, referring to the surprising find of an undescribed species in the collection of Zoologische Staatssammkung museum.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 25 - 36 m (Ref. 118671). Tropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Eastern Central Atlantic: Senegal, Gabon and Angola; and possibly Sierra Leone.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.2 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 118671)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 10 - 1;
soft rays: 7. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D X,12; A III, 7; gill rakers 5-7 + 10-11, total = 15-18; pseudobranchial filaments about 22; pored lateral line scales 46; circumpeduncular scales 21; scales below D1 origin 4 and below first segmented dorsal ray 3-3.5; truncate caudal fin with upper lobe slightly pointed and the lower somewhat rounded; dorsal, anal and pectoral fins scaly near base; tube-like anterior nostril with rim low anteriorly but rising to a high narrow flap posteriorly, 4-6 long cirri at distal tip; posterior nostril a simple opening lacking a raised rim; a prominent black blotch distally between dorsal fin spines a and 4; body with 5 broad bands and another over nape, with the band under the 5th to 10th spines descending to belly well removed from the pectoral-fin base and to front of anal fin; the band below anterior rays of soft dorsal fin descends to middle of anal-fin base (Ref. 118671).
Found in rocky bottoms (Ref. 118671).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Iwamoto, T. and P. Wirtz, 2018. A synopsis of the Eastern and Central Atlantic combers of the genus Serranus (Teleostei: Scorpaeniformes: Serranidae). Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 65(1):1-39. (Ref. 118671)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01096 (0.00518 - 0.02319), b=3.05 (2.88 - 3.22), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .