Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Kyphosidae
(Sea chubs) > Scorpidinae
Etymology: Neoscorpis: Greek, neos = new + Greek, skorpis = a kind of fish (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal. Subtropical; 25°S - 35°S, 18°E - 34°E
Western Indian Ocean: Inhaca Island, Mozambique to False Bay, South Africa (Ref. 4371).
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 30.0, range 27 - ? cm
Max length : 50.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9403); common length : 18.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9403); max. published weight: 2.6 kg (Ref. 4362)
Inhabits coastal waters with rocky substrate. Feeds on algae and the associated invertebrates (Ref. 5213).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
van der Elst, R., 1981. A guide to the common sea fishes of southern Africa. C. Struik, Cape Town. 367 p. (Ref. 3670)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 18 - 25, mean 21.9 (based on 61 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01380 (0.00583 - 0.03269), b=3.00 (2.79 - 3.21), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.8 ±0.25 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.22; tmax=10, but probably greater).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (42 of 100) .