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
Etymology: Neomerinthe: Greek, neos = new + Greek, merinthos, -ou = thread (Ref. 45335); naevosa: Name from Latin meaning 'blotch'; referring to a large black blotch above the first and second pored lateral-line scales.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range ? - 108 m (Ref. 86966). Tropical; 9°S - 9°S, 139°W - 138°W
Eastern Central Pacific: French Polynesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86966)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 5. This species is distinguished by the following characters: dorsal-fin soft rays 9 (rarely 10); pectoral-fin rays 18 (rarely 17 or 19); scale rows in longitudinal series 47-53; pored lateral-line scales 24; scale rows above lateral line 7-9, below 13-15; scale rows between sixth dorsal-fin spine base and lateral line 6-8; scale rows between last dorsal-fin spine base and lateral line 7 or 8; gill rakers in adults 19-21, in young 15-19; no median ridge on lateral surface of maxilla; no lateral lacrimal spine; simple anterior and posterior lacrimal spines, directed posteroventrally; suborbital spines 3; preopercular spines 5; no upper posttemporal spine; posterior margin of maxilla extending beyond posterior margin of pupil; slit behind fourth gill arch present; no swimbladder; relatively small eye with orbit diameter 14.5-15.4% SL; relatively narrow interorbital space, interorbital width at middle of eye 5.4-6.3% SL, at preocular spine base 4.7-5.6% SL; black blotch above first and second pored lateral-line scales (Ref. 86966).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Motomura, H., P. Béarez and R. Causse, 2011. Review of Indo-Pacific specimens of the subfamily Scorpaeninae (Scorpaenidae), deposited in the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, with description of a new species of Neomerinthe. Cybium 35(1):55-73. (Ref. 86966)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5002 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01778 (0.00689 - 0.04588), b=3.03 (2.80 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (26 of 100) .