Longsnout Gurnard Perch, Neosebastes longirostris Motomura 2004

Other Names: Long-snout Gurnard Perch

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Longsnout Gurnard Perch, Neosebastes longirostris Motomura 2004

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Known from off the northwestern coast of Western Australia between 14-20°S in depths of 170-250 m; also at Bitung, northern Sulawesi, in depths of 20-30 m.


Dorsal fin VIII, 8; Anal fin III, 5; Pectoral-fin rays 20-22; Pored lateral-line scales 34-36; Longitudinal scale rows 57-63. 
Underside of mandible with numerous tiny pores, no ridges. Preocular spine usually simple, and flattened anteriorly and posteriorly; supraocular spines occurring only posterior to vertical midline of eye; no additional spines between lacrimal and suborbital ridges; upper opercular spine simple. Midinterorbital space covered with scales; interorbital space shallow, becoming shallower with growth. Pectoral fin short (2.9-3.5, mean 3.2 in SL), not reaching a vertical at origin of last dorsal-fin spine. Posterior margin of maxilla not reaching a vertical at posterior margin of pupil. Snout length long (3.5-4.0, 3.7 in HL); interorbital width wide (5.2-6.7, 5.7 in HL); body depth shallow (2.8-3.4, 3.1 in SL). Bilobed portion of swimbladder less than half of total swimbladder length. 


No distinct small black spots on head or lateral line.


The specific name longirostris is from the Latin longus meaning 'long' and rostrum meaning 'snout', in reference to the long snout of this species.

Species Citation

Neosebastes longirostris Motomura, 2004, Indo-Pacific Fishes 37: 41, pl. 1G, figs. 2C, 3E, 4B, 6B, 7A, 8D, 9D, 19. Type locality: N of Monte Bello Islands, WA, 250 m [19°33–35'S, 115°36–38'E]. 


Dianne J. Bray

Longsnout Gurnard Perch, Neosebastes longirostris Motomura 2004


Motomura, H. 2004. Revision of the scorpionfish genus Neosebastes (Scorpaeniformes: Neosebastidae), with descriptions of five new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes 37: 1-76.
Motomura, H. & Peristiwady, T. 2012. First equatorial records of Neosebastes entaxis and N. longirostris (Scorpaeniformes: Neosebastidae) from Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. Biogeography 14: 31-36.

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CAAB Code:37287122

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:170–250 m

Habitat:Sandy bottoms

Max Size:18 cm SL

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