Uranoscopus turbisquamatus (Okamura & Kishimoto 1993)

Uranoscopus turbisquamatus from the Tasman Sea - lateral view. Source: Robin McPhee & Mark McGrouther / NORFANZ Founding Parties. License: All rights reserved

A brownish stargazer with many yellowish-white blotches, a black spinous dorsal fin, reddish-brown pectoral, anal and second dorsal fins, caudal fin dark olive-green, and a pale pink pelvic fin.

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Uranoscopus turbisquamatus (Okamura & Kishimoto 1993)

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Recorded in the Australian EEZ from the Tasman Sea, east of Norfolk Island. The species occurs elsewhere in the west-Pacific.


Dorsal fin IV-V + 13-14; Anal fin 13-14. 


Until the study of the family Uranoscopidae by Vilasri (2013), this species was known as Selenoscopus turbisquamatus.

Species Citation

Selenoscopus turbisquamatus Okamura & Kishimoto, 1993, Japan. J. Ichthyol. 39(4): 314, Fig. 5. Type locality: Kyushu-Palau Ridge, Minami-Koho Seamount, 26°11.05'N, 135°45.04'E, depth 355-375 m.


Dianne J. Bray

Uranoscopus turbisquamatus (Okamura & Kishimoto 1993)


Nakabo, T. (ed.) 2002. Fishes of Japan with pictorial keys to the species. English edition. Tokyo : Toikai University Press pp. 867-1749.

Okamura, O. & Kishimoto, H. 1993. Selenoscopus turbisquamatus a new genus and species of uranoscopid fish from Japan and the Norfolk Ridge. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 39(4): 311-317.

Vilasri, V. 2013. Comparative anatomy and phylogenetic systematics of the family Uranoscopidae (Actinopterygii: Perciformes). Memoirs of the Faculty of Fisheries Hokkaido University 55(1/2): 1-106.

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Depth:100-510 m

Habitat:Bottom dweller

Max Size:29 cm SL

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