Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Scorpaenidae
(Scorpionfishes or rockfishes) > Scorpaeninae
Etymology: Scorpaena: Latin, scorpaena = a kind of fish, 1706 (Ref. 45335); gasta: Name from an Anglo-Saxon word 'gast' meaning spirit or apparition, referring to te somewhat ghostly appearance of alcohol-preserved specimen.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 3 - 17 m (Ref. 57437). Tropical
Eastern Indian Ocean: Western Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57437); 7.4 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species has the following set of characters: 15 pectoral-fin rays; 36-40 longitudinal scale rows; 13 or 14 scales below lateral line; 5 scale rows between last dorsal-fin spine base and lateral line; 0-2 exposed predorsal scale rows; 13 gill rakers; anteroventral surface of body and pectoral-fin base covered with well-exposed scales; no median ridge at the anterior surface of preocular spine; a distinct longitudinal ridge on the lateral surface of maxilla; no spines on lateral surface of lacrimal; anterior lacrimal spine simple; occipital pit extremely deep; relatively thick skin with numerous small sensory pores covering predorsal area from posterior edge of occipital pit to first dorsal-fin spine origin (most predorsal scales embedded in skin), and extending to just above or near first pored lateral-line scale; similar skin with pores between opercular spines and covering upper spine; head and trunk with numerous tentacles, supraocular tentacle longest, about equal to or 1.5 times orbit diameter; anteroventral surface of lower jaw with 1 or 2 pairs of slender tentacles in ventral view; relatively shorter second, third, and fourth dorsal-fin spines (11.4-15.3% of SL [mean 13.3%], 15.8-18.6% [17.4%], 17.9-19.0% [18.4%], respectively), length of third spine less than upper-jaw length; caudal-peduncle depth relatively shallow (10.5-11.7% of SL [11.2%]); soft-rayed portion of dorsal fin with variable, diagonal cluster of black spots; spinous portion of dorsal fin uniform yellowish to reddish with narrow, translucent, submarginal stripe (Ref. 57437).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Motomura, H., P.R. Last and G.K. Yearsley, 2006. New species of shallow water scorpionfish (Scorpaenidae: Scorpaena) from the Central Coast of Western Australia. Copeia 2006(3):360-369. (Ref. 57437)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 18 - 24.6, mean 19.9 (based on 99 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01288 (0.00612 - 0.02713), b=3.01 (2.84 - 3.18), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.2 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .