Longsnout No-line Scorpionfish, Phenacoscorpius longirostris Motomura & Last 2009

A Longsnout No-line Scorpionfish, Phenacoscorpius longirostris, from the Norfolk Ridge, Tasman Sea, south of Norfolk Island - depth 332-337 m. Source: Robin McPhee & Mark McGrouther / NORFANZ Founding Parties. License: All rights reserved

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Bray, D.J. 2023, Phenacoscorpius longirostris in Fishes of Australia, accessed 02 Mar 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/2690

Longsnout No-line Scorpionfish, Phenacoscorpius longirostris Motomura & Last 2009

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Norfolk Ridge and Lord Howe Rise in the northern Tasman Sea, at depths of 300–322 m.


Dorsal fin XII, 9; Anal fin III, 5; Pectoral fin 17, all rays unbranched. 
Palatine teeth absent; second preopercular spine well-developed, its length longer than third or fourth spines; snout long, 12.8-13.1% SL and 27.9-28.6% HL; eye small, orbit diameter 12.3-13.2% SL, 26.9-28.8% HL; head narrow, width 27.4-28.3% SL; caudal peduncle, long, shallow, length and depth 16.9-17.6% SL and 7.1-8.2% SL respectively; predorsal length long 42.2-43.1% SL; preanal length long 74.9-75.0% SL; prepelvic length long 43.1-43.5% SL. 


The specific name longirostris is from the Latin longus (= long) and rostris (= snout), in reference to the long snout of this species that is “remarkably longer” than that of Phenacoscorpius megalops.

Species Citation

Phenacoscorpius longirostris Motomura & Last 2009, Zootaxa 2290: 28, figs 1-2. Type locality: South of Lord Howe Rise, Tasman Sea, 29°113'S, 159°00'E, depth 300 m.


Bray, D.J. 2023


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Longsnout No-line Scorpionfish, Phenacoscorpius longirostris Motomura & Last 2009


Motomura, H. & Last, P.R. 2009. Phenacoscorpius longirostris, a new species of deep water scorpionfish (Scorpaeniformes: Scorpaenidae) from the northern Tasman Sea, southwestern Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa 2290: 27-35. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.2290.1.2

Motomura, H. & Matsuura, K. 2016. Phenacoscorpius longirostris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T69798558A69800992. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T69798558A69800992.en. Accessed on 21 June 2023.

Wibowo, K. & Motomura, H. 2022. Phenacoscorpius longicaudalis, a new species of scorpionfish (Teleostei: Scorpaenidae) from Western Australia, with first records of Phenacoscorpius adenensis from the southeastern Indian Ocean. Ichthyological Research 69: 372–380. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10228-021-00849-8

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CAAB Code:37287135

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:300-322 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max weight:6.3 cm SL

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