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Phenacoscorpius megalops Fowler, 1938

Noline scorpionfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes) > Scorpaeninae
Etymology: Phenacoscorpius: Greek, phenax, -akos = deceptive + Greek, skorpion = scorpion (Ref. 45335).  More on author: Fowler.

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

Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 68 - 622 m (Ref. 10482).   Deep-water; 40°N - 4°S, 107°E - 150°W (Ref. 92340)

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Pacific: Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, and Hawaii; northernmost record Emperor Seamounts. Apparently restricted to the North Pacific (temperate to tropical) and reports from New Zealand and New Caledonia are based on misidentifications.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 28618); common length : 5.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 10482)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 5. Lachrymal bone consisting of 2 spines over maxillary, first as a broad lobe, second as a broad spine pointing down; well marked suborbital ridge with 5 or 6 or more spines; second preopercle spine small or absent (Ref. 10482). Distinguished from other Hawaiian scorpionfishes by having only the anterior 4 or 5 tubed lateral line scales present, with the remainder of the lateral line absent; and presence of large melanophores on the caudal peduncle (Ref. 10482).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Benthic (Ref. 58302). Feeds on small fishes and crustaceans (Ref. 5755). Female specimens (4.70-5.59 cm SL) taken from the Emperor Seamounts have mature gonads filled with relatively large eggs of several developmental stages with the most developed eggs are ca. 0.4 mm in diameter (Ref. 92340).

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Paulin, C., A. Stewart, C. Roberts and P. McMillan, 1989. New Zealand fish: a complete guide. National Museum of New Zealand Miscellaneous Series No. 19. 279 p. (Ref. 5755)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 03 March 2015

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 12.1 - 21.3, mean 16.2 (based on 121 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5156   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01230 (0.00587 - 0.02579), 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):  4.0   ±0.66 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (30 of 100) .