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Scorpaenopsis altirostris

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII SCORPAENIFORMES SCORPAENIDAE

Scientific Name: Scorpaenopsis altirostris
Species Authority: Gilbert, 1905
Taxonomic Notes: Scorpaenopsis cotticeps, from the Philippines, may be the same species (Eschmeyer and Randall 1975).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-04
Assessor(s): Motomura, H.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M.
Contributor(s): De Silva, R., Milligan, H., Lutz, M., Batchelor, A., Jopling, B., Kemp, K., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Sears, J., Wilson, P. & Smith, J. and Livingston, F.
Justification:
Scorpaenopsis altirostris has been assessed as Least Concern.  Although this species is only known from a few specimens found around Hawaii, it is unlikely that this species is being impacted by any major threat process at present.  Further taxonomic research is needed to determine whether this species is distinct from S. cotticeps, which is found around the Philippines.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Scorpaenopsis altirostris is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands.  It is only known from its type locality.  However, it has been noted that S. cotticeps from the Philippines might be the same species (Eschmeyer and Randall 1975).
Countries:
Native:
United States (Hawaiian Is.)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Native:
Pacific – eastern central
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Population [top]

Population: There is no population information available for Scorpaenopsis altirostris.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis altirostris, is a demersal species that has a depth range of 79–134 m, and has been found over coarse sand with broken shells and coral.  Most species from the Scorpaenidae family are known to lead solitary lives and only aggregate for reproduction (FAO 1999).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is unlikely that Scorpaenopsis altirostris is being impacted by any major threat processes.  The closely related species, S. cotticeps, is of no importance to fisheries (FAO 1999), and due to the small size of S. altirostris, it is unlikely to be taken as by-catch by fisheries.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known species-specific conservation measures in place for Scorpaenopsis altirostris.  However, its distribution may coincide with a number of marine protected area designations.

Further research is needed on the taxonomy of this species, to determine if it is distinct from S. cotticeps, from the Philippines.

Citation: Motomura, H. 2010. Scorpaenopsis altirostris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 16 September 2014.
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