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Neomerinthe erostris  (Alcock, 1896)

Round scorpionfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes) > Scorpaeninae
Etymology: Neomerinthe: Greek, neos = new + Greek, merinthos, -ou = thread (Ref. 45335);  erostris: Named for its type locality, the deep waters of the Strait of Perim (Ref. 49524).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 52 - 505 m (Ref. 104739).   Tropical

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Indo-West Pacific Ocean: widely distributed, from Madagascar, Réunion, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and the Wallis and Futuna Islands.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 104739)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 5. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D XII, 8 or 9 (usually 9); pectoral-fin rays 17-19 (18); scale rows in longitudinal series 33-41 (mode 37); pored lateral-line scales 23-25 (24); scale rows above lateral line 5-8 (6), below 9-12 (11); scale rows between last dorsal-fin spine base and lateral line 4-6 (5); scale rows between sixth dorsal-fin spine base and lateral line 4-6 (5); gill rakers 14-21 (17); the lateral surface of maxilla has a distinct longitudinal ridge; no lateral lacrimal spine; suborbital spines 3; with a distinct second preopercular spine; posterior margin of maxilla reaching or extending beyond vertical through posterior margin of orbit; minute slit behind last gill arch; dorsal profile of head strongly rounded; eye large, orbit diameter greater than snout length (Ref. 104739).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Motomura, H., P. Béarez and R. Causse, 2011. Review of Indo-Pacific specimens of the subfamily Scorpaeninae (Scorpaenidae), deposited in the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, with description of a new species of Neomerinthe. Cybium 35(1):55-73. (Ref. 86966)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5005   [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):  3.7   ±0.6 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 (33 of 100) .