Scorpaenodes muciparus   (Alcock,  1889) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 193 mm.

Color: In preserved specimens pinkish, fins yellowish hyaline.

Height 2.8, 3.5 in length with caudal. Head 2.4, 2.9 in length with caudal. Eye 4.7, 1.5 in snout. Interorbital space nearly flat, 1.3 in eye. Mouth oblique. Maxillary reaching to below middle of eye. Villiform bands of teeth on jaws and on head of vomer. A symphysial knob of the lower jaw fitting into a notch between the premaxillaries. Margin of preorbital with four spines. Another nostril tubular, with a short flap. An elongated mucous pore between it and the posterior nostril. A pair of similar pores in middle of interorbital space, which is covered with minute scales, a longitudinal furrow in its middle. A median mucous pore in the posterior part of the interorbital space, its transverse mucous canal separating the interorbital space from the occipital region, which is flat and covered with minute scales. Four supraorbital spines, arranged in pairs, the middle of the supraorbital ridge being smooth. Superior and inferior postorbital ridges each with three spines. Suborbital ridge with seven spines. A strong preopercular spine at the end of the suborbital ridge, a few blunt spines along the posterior preopercular edge below it. Two flat opercular spines. A blunt scapular spine. Preopercle and opercle with feebly ctenoid scales, larger than those of upper of head, specially the posterior ones. Origin of dorsal below origin of pectorals. Dorsal spine increasing in length to the sixth spine, which nearly equals snout in length. Twelfth spine less than half length of first, last dorsal spine as long as eleventh spine. Soft dorsal acutely rounded, the longest ray as long as snout and half eye. Origin of anal below last dorsal spine. First anal spine minute ,second one strongest but shorter than third, slender spine, which is as long as longest dorsal spine. Longest anal rays about as long as longest dorsal rays. Pectorals longer than head without snout, ventrals as long as postorbital part of head. Caudal slightly rounded. Lateral line consisting of 23 pores, preceded by small spines. Scales of upper part of body ctenoid and much smaller than those of sides and belly, which are partly cycloid.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Sebastes mucipurus Alcock, 1889
Sebastes muciparus M. Weber, 1913

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Bay of Bengal INDIA (Record: 1953)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Beaufort, LF and Briggs, JC (1962) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Pataudi House, Daryaganj, New Delhi 11 481 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -

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