Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Found on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154). A rare inhabitant of rocky bottoms of deep offshore reefs. Normally found on soft-bottom or muddy substrates with rich rubble ridges amongst rich invertebrate growth, especially sponges (Ref. 48635). Sold fresh in small quantities in markets.
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Distribution

Indo-West Pacific: Durban in South Africa, Sri Lanka, India, and New Guinea. First recorded in the northeastern Indian Ocean from Indonesia and Australia (Ref. 5978).
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Indo-West Pacific: East and South Africa east to Indonesia and northern Australia.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Analspines: 3; Analsoft rays: 6 - 7
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Size

Maximum size: 160 mm SL
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Max. size

20.0 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 48635))
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Diagnostic Description

Description

Rare. Found apparently on deeper reefs over rocky bottoms. Sold fresh in small quantities in markets.
  • Anon. (1996). FishBase 96 [CD-ROM]. ICLARM: Los Baños, Philippines. 1 cd-rom pp.
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Reddish brown with alternating broad and thin dark bars separated by white; dark spot on cheek; small tentacle above eye which may be banded; upper half of pectorals with large dark spots on inner surface (Ref. 4313).
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range ? - 60 m, usually 40 - ? m (Ref. 9710)
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Depth range based on 8 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 4 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 3.05 - 100
  Temperature range (°C): 25.737 - 26.770
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.218 - 3.114
  Salinity (PPS): 35.048 - 36.032
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.462 - 4.554
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.152 - 0.546
  Silicate (umol/l): 3.271 - 4.277

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 3.05 - 100

Temperature range (°C): 25.737 - 26.770

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.218 - 3.114

Salinity (PPS): 35.048 - 36.032

Oxygen (ml/l): 4.462 - 4.554

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.152 - 0.546

Silicate (umol/l): 3.271 - 4.277
 
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Depth: 0 - 60m.
Recorded at 60 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Pterois mombasae

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


There are 5 barcode sequences available from BOLD and GenBank.  Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.  See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen and other sequences.

CCTGTATCTAGTATTTGGTGCCTGAGCCGGTATAGTAGGCACAGCCTTGAGCCTACTTATTCGAGCAGAACTTAGTCAACCAGGCGCCCTGTTAGGGGATGACCAGATCTATAATGTAATTGTTACAGCCCATGCGTTCGTAATAATTTTCTTTATAGTAATACCAATCATGATTGGAGGTTTTGGAAACTGACTTATCCCATTAATGATCGGGGCACCAGACATAGCATTTCCTCGTATAAATAACATAAGCTTTTGACTCCTTCCCCCCTCTTTTCTACTTCTTCTAGCCTCTTCGGGGGTTGAAGCAGGGGCTGGAACAGGTTGAACAGTCTACCCGCCCTTGGCGGGCAACCTTGCCCACGCGGGGGCATCTGTAGACCTAACAATTTTTTCCTTGCACTTAGCAGGTATTTCATCAATTCTAGGGGCCATTAACTTTATCACAACAATTATTAACATGAAACCCCCAGCAATTTCTCAGTACCAGACTCCTTTATTTGTATGGGCTGTTTTAATTACGGCAGTTCTTCTACTTCTTTCACTACCAGTCCTTGCCGCTGGTATTACAATGCTACTCACTGATCGAAACCTTAATACCACCTTCTTCGACCCGGCAGGGGGAGGAGACCCGATTCTTTACCAACACCTC
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Pterois mombasae

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 6
Specimens with Barcodes: 6
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: minor commercial; price category: high; price reliability: very questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this family
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Wikipedia

Pterois mombasae

The Frillfin turkeyfish (Pterois mombasae) is a fish of the genus Pterois. Found in the tropical Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific, it grows to a maximum size of 20 cm. Typically found in soft-bottomed areas of the ocean, often in conjunction with invertebrate growth (for example, sponges). Moderate commercial value.

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