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Trachyscorpia verai  Béarez & Motomura, 2009

Ecuadorian Deep-sea 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) > Sebastidae (Rockfishes, rockcods and thornyheads) > Sebastolobinae
Etymology: Trachyscorpia: Greek, trachys, -eia, y = rough + Greek, skorpis, idos = a kind of fish without identification (Ref. 45335);  verai: Named for Johnny Vera, for his invaluable help in collecting fish.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal, usually 200 - ? m (Ref. 82588).   Tropical; 1°S - 2°S, 80°W - 81°W

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Pacific Ocean: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP), Ecuador. Holotype from fish market at Puerto López, Manabí (Ref. 82588).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 29.8 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

A medium-sized scorpionfish with the following combination of characters: dorsal-fin spines 12; vertebrae 26; tympanic spines present; upper-jaw lip thin, not covering the premaxillary tooth band laterally; maxilla unscaled; 50 scale rows in longitudinal series; body moderately deep (30.9% of SL); orbit diameter large (12.8% of SL); third dorsal-fin spine long (15.3% of SL); pelvic-fin spine short (9.6% of SL); head profile slightly convex; gas bladder absent; coloration bright red, with no distinct dark markings on back or spinous portion of dorsal fin (Ref. 82588).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Known only from off Puerto López, Manabí, Ecuador and it is probably a deepwater species, presumable rarely caught by the longline fisheries off Puerto López.

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Béarez, P. and H. Motomura, 2009. Description of a new scorpionfish (Scorpaenoidei, Sebastolobinae) from the tropical eastern Pacific. Zootaxa 2277:61-68. (Ref. 82588)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5156   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00891 (0.00388 - 0.02045), b=3.10 (2.89 - 3.31), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.8   ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  High vulnerability (55 of 100) .