Scalicus orientalis (Fowler 1938)

Satyrichthys orientalis. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A pale pinkish-brown armoured searobin becoming paler below with variable, small brown spots scattered on the head and body, the anterior part of first dorsal fin blackish, dark pigment along the two large filamentous barbels on the lower jaw, and long, triangular rostral projections.
In Australia this species has previously been known as Satyrichthys orientale.

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Scalicus orientalis (Fowler 1938)

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Northwest Shelf to SW of Scott Reef, Western Australia, and ESE of Innisfail to off Coolangatta, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-west Pacific, from the Arabian Sea, Maldives, Indonesia (Molucca Sea, Java and Sumatra), New Caledonia, Philippines, Taiwan and Japan, at depths of 357–497 m.


A species of Scalicus with long-triangular rostral projection, rostral projection width 1.26–1.57 in rostral projection length; 5 (rarely 6) lip and 3 (rarely 4) chin barbels; flamentous barbel with 22–31 branches; posterior part of flamentous barbel with membrane on each base of the branches, flamentous barbel length 34.0–55.7% SL; posteriormost chin barbel simple or divided into two branches at base; antrorse spines on posterior bony plates of upper lateral row absent.

Species Citation

Nemaperistedion orientale Fowler 1938, Proceedings of the United States National Museum 85(3032): 127, Fig. 61. Type locality: off Makyan Island, between Gillolo and Makyan Islands, Indonesia, Albatross station D.5623, depth 272 fathoms [0°16'30"N, 127°30'00"E]. 


Bray, D.J. 2019


Atlas of Living Australia

Scalicus orientalis (Fowler 1938)


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Fowler, H.W. 1938. Descriptions of new fishes obtained by the United States Bureau of Fisheries Steamer Albatross, chiefly in Philippine seas and adjacent waters. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 85(3032): 31-135 figs 6-61 See ref at BHL

Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. 406 pp. 

Kawai, T. 2008. Phylogenetic systematics of the family Peristediidae (Teleostei: Actiopterygii). Species Diversity 13: 1-34, open access

Kawai, T. 2019. Revision of an armored searobin genus Scalicus Jordan 1923 (Actinopterygii: Teleostei: Peristediidae) with a single new species. Ichthyological Research : 23 pp.

Miller, G.C. 1974. Fische des Indischen Ozeans. Ergebnisse der ichthyologischen Untersuchungen während der Expedition des Forschungsschiffes Meteor in den Indischen Ozean, Oktober 1964 biz Mai 1965. A. Systematischer Teil, XIV. Scorpaeniformes (2) Family Peristediidae. Meteor Forschungsergebnisse Reihe D - Biologie 18: 61-72

Richards, W.J. 1999. Family Triglidae. pp. 2359-2382 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 pp. 2069-2790.

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CAAB Code:37288031

Depth:16 cm SL

Depth:270-504 m

Habitat:Continental Slope

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