Sebastapistes strongia   (Cuvier,  1829) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 6-15 cm.

Color: Reddish brown with irregular yellowish white blotches on body. Head and anterior part of body densely covered with minute yellowish spots. Fins brownish, posterior parts of dorsal and anal pale yellowish.

Head 2.3-2.5 in standard length, 2.9-3.2 in total length. Depth of body 2.4-2.7 in standard length, 3.1-3.4 in total length. Eye diameter 3.3-3.6 in head, equal to snout and about 0.5-0.6 in concave interorbital space. Maxillary reaching to below hind border of pupil or a little beyond. Villiform teeth on jaws, vomer and palatines. No filaments on head or body except a small flap at anterior nostril. Spination on head consisting of one small spine near anterior nostril, supraorbital ridge with 3 spines, superior postorbital ridge with 3 spines, inferior postorbital ridge with 4 spines, a spine posteriorly in between the two postorbital ridges, preorbital with one spine directed forwards and 3 spines directed backwards, the anterior one or two flaring slightly outwards, suborbital ridge ending posteriorly in a small spine, preopercle with 5 spines and opercle with two flat spines and a strong spine on upper side of shoulder girdle. Pectoral fin equal to head without snout, ventral fin a little shorter.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XII, 9-10; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 5; number of rays in the pectoral fin: i, 5, 10 or i, 6, 10; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the midside of body from the upper corner of operculum to the midbase of caudal fin in the absence of lateral line: 46-48; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 6-7+1+13-15.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Scorpaena strongia Cuvier, 1829
Scorpaena kowiensis Smith, 1936
Sebastapistes kowiensis Smith, 1957
Sebastapistes strongia Munro, 1955
Kantapus oglinus Smith, 1947
(Junior synonym)
Phenacoscorpius nebulosus Smith, 1958
(Junior synonym)
Scorpaena oglinus (Smith, 1947)
(Junior synonym)
Scorpaena strongia Cuvier, 1829
(Senior synonym)
Scorpaena tristis Klunzinger, 1870
(Junior synonym)
Sebastapistes bynoensis (non Richardson, 1845)
(Misapplied name)
Sebastapistes oglinus (Smith, 1947)
(Junior synonym)
Sebastapistes tristis (Klunzinger, 1870)
(Junior synonym)
Scorpaena strongia Quoy and Gaimard, 1834
Scorpaena cyanostigma Bleeker, 1856
Sebastes strongensis Gunther, 1860
Sebastes strongia Klunzinger, 1870
Scorpaena strongia Gunther, 1875
Sebastichthys cyanostigma Bleeker, 1879
Sebastes strongia Klunzinger, 1884
Sebastapistes strongia Fowler, 1900
Sebastes strongia M. Weber, 1913

Common Name (s)
• Barchin Scorpionfish (English)
• Gauviha Mas
• Peychan
• Brown-band Stingfish
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Dangers

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Red Sea
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 09/02/1987-25/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 09/02/1987-25/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 09/02/1987-25/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Tinnakara INDIA (Record: 09/02/1987-25/02/1987)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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