False Kelpfish, Sebastiscus marmoratus (Cuvier 1829)

A False Kelpfish, Sebastiscus marmoratus, at Green Point, Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, July 1980, depth 12 m. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

Introduced to Sydney Harbour, presumably via the ballast water of ships. This record is based on the image taken by Rudie Kuiter in Watsons Bay, Port Jackson, July 1980. In November 2018, a False Kelpfish was taken on hook and line in the Port Adelaide inner harbour, South Australia.

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False Kelpfish, Sebastiscus marmoratus (Cuvier 1829)

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Introduced to Sydney Harbour via the ballast water in ships. In November 2018, an individual was caught in the inner harbour at Port Adelaide, South Australia. Elsewhere the species occurs in Japan and Taiwan to the Philippines.

Species Citation

Sebastes marmoratus Cuvier, in Cuvier  & Valenciennes 1829, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons Vol. 4: 345. Type locality: Japan.


Bray, D.J. 2019


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False Kelpfish, Sebastiscus marmoratus (Cuvier 1829)


Cuvier, G.L. in Cuvier, G.L. & Valenciennes, A. 1829. Histoire Naturelle des Poissons. Paris : Levrault Vol. 4 518 pp. pls 72-99. 

Jordan, D.S. & Starks, E.C. 1904. A review of the scorpaenid fishes of Japan. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 27(1351): 91-175 figs 1-21 pls 1-2 

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp. 

Poss, S.G. 1999. Families Scorpaenidae, Caracanthidae, Aploactinidae. pp. 2291-2358 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:37287112

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:0-50 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:30 cm TL


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