Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes/Scorpaenoidei
(Scorpionfishes) > Neosebastidae
Etymology: Neosebastes: Greek, neos = new + Greek, sebastes = august, venerable (Ref. 45335); multisquamus: Name from the Latin 'multus' meaning many and 'squama' meaning scale, referring to the high counts of longitudinal scale rows.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range - 135 m (Ref. 54394), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Northwest Pacific: Ogasawara Islands, Japan.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 5. Diagnosis: Underside of mandible with numerous tiny pores, no ridges. Preocular spine divided into 2 points, and flattened anteriorly and posteriorly. Two additional spines present between lacrimal and suborbital ridges. Upper opercular spine simple, tip pointed; midinterorbital space moderately deep, not covered with scales; interorbital ridge indistinct. Pored lateral-line scales 35; longitudinal scale rows 62; scale rows between last dorsal-fin spine origin and lateral line 6. Posterior margin of maxilla reaching a vertical at posterior margin of pupil. Pectoral fin long (2.9 in SL), extending beyond a vertical at origin of last dorsal-fin spine; membrane anterior to sixth dorsal-fin spine extending up to 42% of the spine length; first anal-fin spine 1.6 in third spine; second pelvic-fin soft ray 1.9 in HL. Bilobed portion of swimbladder less than one-third of total swimbladder length. There are no distinct small black spots on head or lateral line (Ref. 54394).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Motomura, H., 2003. Revision of the scorpionfish genus Neosebastes (Scorpaeniformes: Neosebastidae), with descriptions of five new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (37):46 p. (Ref. 54394)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5002 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01995 (0.00906 - 0.04395), b=3.01 (2.83 - 3.19), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .