Scorpaenodes barrybrowni Pitassy & Baldwin, 2016
Stellate scorpionfish
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Family:  Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes), subfamily: Scorpaeninae
Max. size:  4.66 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 95 - 160 m
Distribution:  Caribbean: CuraƧao, Bonaire and Dominica.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-8; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 5-5; Vertebrae: 24-24. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: D soft rays 8; pectoral-fin rays 16-17, rays 11-12 (from uppermost ray) are noticeably longer than rest in smallest four type specimens; caudal-fin rays 25-27; vertebrae 8 precaudal + 16 caudal = 24; spines on suborbital ridge 4 (rarely 5); no secondary suborbital ridge spines; 2 prominent round to oblong pores in suborbital sensory canal immediately ventral to suborbital ridge; absence of coronal, interorbital, upper post temporal and postorbital spines; incomplete lateral line, 8-10 pored scales extending from behind supracleithral spine to mid body; cirri associated with nasal, supraocular, and parietal spines and present on posteroventral projection of lacrimal and upper left quadrant of the orbit; no cirri associated with postocular, tympanic, supracleithral, and lower posttemporal spines; relatively elongate body, its depth at origin of dorsal fin 30-32% SL, depth at caudal peduncle 9-10% SL; when alive, colour bright orange-red with several reddish-brown bars on posterior portion of trunk, the pectoral fin with vivid yellow spots interspersed with bright orange-red spots (Ref. 109716).
Biology:  Collected on rocky substrata on a vertical rock wall (Ref. 109716).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 October 2018 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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