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Scorpaenodes varipinnis  Smith, 1957

Blotchfin scorpionfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes) > Scorpaeninae
Etymology: Scorpaenodes: Latin, scorpaena = a kind of fish, 1706 + Greek oides = similar to (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Smith.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 200 m (Ref. 37816).   Tropical

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Indo-West Pacific: East Africa to Micronesia, north to Taiwan, south to Australia.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48635)

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Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 5. Pored lateral scale counts from Ref. 1602.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in various reef habitats in shallow coastal lagoons to moderate depths on outer reefs; in sponges (Ref. 48635) and coralline areas (Ref. 2334). Benthic (Ref. 75154).

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Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene, 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii. 506 p. (Ref. 2334)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: of no interest
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Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 21.7 - 28.2, mean 26.5 (based on 681 cells; Ref. 115970).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01230 (0.00595 - 0.02544), b=3.02 (2.85 - 3.19), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.6   ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (29 of 100) .