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Pontinus clemensi Fitch, 1955
Spotted scorpionfish

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Pontinus clemensi
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Pontinus clemensi

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Main identification features
  • d: 2nd and 3rd spines long
  • red + dense small dark spots
  • dorsal fin red + yellow margin; head - yellow stripes
Head very bony, with numerous spines; lateral line with tubes on scales; pectoral fin 19 rays, all unbranched; head and body compressed; large, deep head; nape flat; eye large (22-30% of head length); dorsal fin XII, 9, 2nd and 3rd dorsal spines equally long, much longer than other spines; anal III, 5; 13 spines on first gill arch; 33 scales with lateral line pores.

Head, body and fins pink; yellow-orange: along top jaw, a stripe from eye to tip of top jaw, a blotch on lower cheek, a blotch behind eye, a blotch on back above pectoral; 2 red blotches on upper back, another on upper tail base; small, dense, irregular blackish spots on upper 2/3 of head and body, and all fins; spinous dorsal pink, with white base and outer band of yellow, spine tips pink; a few small yellow spots on base of pectoral.

Size: 56 cm.

Habitat: sandy bottoms.

Depth: 50-110 m.

Colombia to northern Peru, Cocos, Malpelo and the Galapagos.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo); South Temperate (Peruvian Province ).
Depth Range Max: 110 m.
Depth Range Min: 50 m.
Diet: octopus/squid/cuttlefish; bony fishes; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs).
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=6; Southern limit=-6; Western limit=-93; Eastern limit=-78; Latitudinal range=12; Longitudinal range=15.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Demersal.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove); Soft bottom only; Sand & gravel.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 56 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s); Continent; Continent + Island (s); TEP endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • Béarez, P., 1996., Lista de los Peces Marinos del Ecuador Continental., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 44:731-741.
  • Chirichigno, N., 1978., Nuevas adiciones a la ictiofauna marina del Peru., Instituto del Mar del Peru, Informe., 46:1-109.
  • Fischer , W. , Krup , F. , Schneider , W. , Sommer , C. , Carpenter , K. E. and Niem, V. H., 1995., Guia FAO para la Identificacion de Especies de para los fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. Volumen III. Vertebrados - Parte 2., FAO3:1201-1813.
  • Fitch, J.E., 1955., Ichthyology: Pontinus clemensi, a new scorpaenid fish from the tropical eastern Pacific., J. Wash. Acad.Sci., 45:61-64.
  • Franke , R. and Acero P., A., 1996., Peces óseos comerciales del Parque Gorgona, Pacífico colombiano (Osteichthyes: Muraenesocidae, Hemiramphidae, Belonidae, Scorpaenidae, Triglidae, Malacanthidae, Gerridae, Sparidae, Kyphosidae, Sphyraenidae e Istiophoridae)., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 44:763-770.
  • Jimenez-Prado, P., Béarez, P., 2004., Peces marinos del Ecuador continental / Marine fishes of continental Ecuador., SIMBIOE/NAZCA/IFEA tomo 1 y 2.
  • McCosker , J.E. , Merlen , G. , Long , D.J. , Gilmore , R.G. and Villon, C., 1997., Deepslope fishes collected during the 1995 eruption of isla Fernandina, Galapagos., Charles Darwin Foundation, Noticias de Galápagos., 58:22-26.
  • Molina, L., Danulat, E., Oviedo, M., González, J.A., 2004., Guía de especies de interés pesquero en la Reserva Marina de Galápagos., Fundación Charles Darwin / Agencia Espeñola de Cooperación Internacional / Dirección Parque Nacional Galápagos, 115pp.
  • Rubio, E.A., 1988., Estudio taxonomico de la ictiofauna acompañante del camaron en areas costeras del Pacifico de Colombia., Memorias del VI Seminario Nacional de las Ciencias del Mar. Comisión Colombiana de Oceanografía. Bogota, Colombia., :169-183.


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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes ( gen. , sp. ) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes) > Scorpaeninae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 91 - 110 m (Ref. 38398 ).   Tropical; 3°N - 2°N

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