Scorpaenopsis rubrimarginata Fricke, Durville & Mulochau, 2013
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Family:  Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes), subfamily: Scorpaeninae
Max. size:  2.43 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range - 80 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: RĂ©union.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 12-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 6-6. This species is distinguished by the following characters: nape and anterior body not highly arched; upper opercular spine divided into two points: pectoral-fin rays 16; lateral-line scales 23; scales in longitudinal series 42, the posterior lacrimal spine single; a broad space present between the eye and the suborbital ridge which have 5 retrorse spines, the interorbital ridges not elevated posteriorly to join the tip of the tympanic spines, a deep subtriangular suborbital pit present; base of the parietal spines curving strongly into the occipital pit, the orbit large (eye diameter 0.62 in snout length/preorbita length, 2.4 in head length); presence of a small, triangular supraocular tentacle; head length 2.3 in SL; first dorsal-fin spine 2.5 in second spine; second anal-fin spine about equal in length to third spine; pectoral-fin of male with a large black spot basally on 8th-10th rays (missing in presumed females) (Ref. 93863).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 18 June 2017 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 12.01.15

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