Pontinus macrocephalus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Scorpaeniformes Scorpaenidae

Scientific Name: Pontinus macrocephalus (Sauvage, 1882)
Common Name(s):
English Large-headed Scorpionfish
Sebastes macrocephalus Sauvage, 1882

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-04
Assessor(s): Fricke, R.
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.
The Large-headed Scorpionfish (Pontinus macrocephalus) has been assessed as Least Concern.  There are no known major threats to this broadly distributed species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The Large-headed Scorpionfish (Pontinus macrocephalus) is a western Pacific scorpionfish, distributed from Indonesia, east to French Polynesia, north to Japan and Hawaii, and south to Australia and New Caledonia.  It has also been reported from Malaysia (Mohsin et al. 1993).  The distribution of this species may be more widespread than currently described (R. Fricke pers. comm. 2008).
Countries occurrence:
American Samoa; Australia (Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia); Cook Islands; Guam; Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; Micronesia, Federated States of ; New Caledonia; Northern Mariana Islands; Philippines; Samoa; Taiwan, Province of China; United States (Hawaiian Is.)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – western central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):278
Upper depth limit (metres):174
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:There is no population information available for the Large-headed Scorpionfish.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The Large-headed Scorpionfish is a demersal species, found on the upper slope of the continental shelf and oceanic islands.  This species is found resting on coralline rock at a depth range of 174–278 m.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats to the Large-headed Scorpionfish.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place, or needed, for The Large-headed Scorpionfish.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Fricke, R. 2010. Pontinus macrocephalus (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T155172A115279966. . Downloaded on 16 October 2018.
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