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Scatophagus argus  (Linnaeus, 1766)

Spotted scat
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Classification / Names Noms communs | Synonymes | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinoptérygiens (poissons à nageoires rayonnées) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Scatophagidae (Scats)
Etymology: Scatophagus: Greek, skatophagos = feeding upon dung (Ref. 45335).

Environnement / Climat / Gamme Écologie

; marin; eau douce; saumâtre récifal; amphidrome (Ref. 51243); profondeur 0 - 5 m (Ref. 90102).   Tropical; 20°C - 28°C (Ref. 13371), preferred ?; 32°N - 24°S, 48°E - 171°W

Distribution Pays | Zones FAO | Écosystèmes | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Indo-Pacific: Kuwait to Fiji, north to southern Japan, south to New Caledonia. Reported from Samoa (Ref. 9710), Tonga (Ref. 53797), and the Society Islands (Ref. 2847).

Length at first maturity / Taille / Poids / Âge

Maturity: Lm ?, range 14 - ? cm
Max length : 38.0 cm TL mâle / non sexé; (Ref. 6028); common length : 20.0 cm TL mâle / non sexé; (Ref. 3489)

Description synthétique Morphologie | Morphométrie

Épines dorsales (Total): 10 - 11; Rayons mous dorsaux (Total): 16-18; Épines anales 4; Rayons mous anaux: 13 - 15. Ground colour greenish. Juveniles with a few large roundish blotches, about size of eye, or with about 5 or 6 broad, dark, vertical bars. In large adults, spots may be faint and restricted to dorsal part of flanks. Body quadrangular, strongly compressed. Dorsal head profile steep. Eye moderately large, its diameter somewhat smaller than snout length. Snout rounded. Mouth small, horizontal, not protractile. Teeth villiform, in several rows on jaws (ref 43044).

Biologie     Glossaire (ex. epibenthic)

Inhabit harbors, natural embayments, brackish estuaries and the lower reaches of freshwater streams, frequently occurring among mangroves. Feed on worms, crustaceans, insects and plant matter (Ref. 7020, 44894, 48637). The dorsal, anal and pelvic spines are believed by Philippine fishers to be venomous and capable of inflicting wounds (Ref. 6565). Used in Chinese medicine (Ref. 12166). In Hong Kong live fish markets (Ref. 27253). Marketed as fresh (Ref. 12693).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturité | Reproduction | Frai | Œufs | Fécondité | Larves

Multiple spawner (Ref. 102820).

Référence principale Upload your references | Références | Coordinateur | Collaborateurs

Allen, G.R., 1984. Scatophagidae. In W. Fischer and G. Bianchi (eds.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51). volume 4. [var. pag.]. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 3489)

Statut dans la liste rouge de l'IUCN (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Menace pour l'homme

  Venomous (Ref. 6565)




Utilisations par l'homme

Pêcheries: intérêt commercial mineur; Aquaculture: commercial; Aquarium: Commercial
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