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Pteroidichthys amboinensis  Bleeker, 1856

Ambon scorpionfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes) > Scorpaeninae
Etymology: Pteroidichthys: Greek, pteron = wing, fin + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Bleeker.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 3 - 43 m (Ref. 106976).   Tropical, preferred ?; 37°N - 27°S, 107°E - 178°W (Ref. 106976)

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Indo-West Pacific: from southern Japan (except Ryukyu Islands), Vietnam, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Australia, Taiwan, India, and the Red Sea.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48635)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 6. This species is distinguished by the following characters: A II,6; dorsal-fin spines flexible, bend easily under slight pressure; snout is relatively short, 12.3-17.0% (mean 14.3%) of SL, it is shorter than postorbital length; posterior margin of maxilla reaching to or extending beyond vertical through middle of pupil; the distance between tips of lateral lacrimal and the first suborbital spines is shorter than or subequal to that between tips of first and second suborbital spines; no supplemental preopercular spine; tentacles on supraocular and posterior lacrimal spines are well developed, their lengths greater than orbit diameter; trunk and fins with numerous tentacles; lateral lacrimal and suborbital spines are poorly developed, indistinct, usually tiny spines and often bony protuberances without pointed tips; absence of distinct black blotch on soft-rayed portion of dorsal fin (Ref. 106976).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

This species lives primarily in algae or soft-bottom habitats (Ref. 48635); it can be easily overlooked because of its superb camouflage (Ref. 54980). Solitary among weed or on mud bottoms (Ref 90102).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Motomura, H. and Y. Kanade, 2015. Review of the scorpionfish genus Pteroidichthys (Scorpaenidae), with descriptions of two new species. Zootaxa 4057(4):490-510. (Ref. 106976)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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