Striped Stingfish, Minous quincarinatus (Fowler 1943)

Other Names: Whitetail Goblinfish

Illustration of the holotype of Minous quincarinatus, USNM 99515, from Off northeastern point Yaku Shima, Japan. Source: Fig. 13 in Fowler (1943) Bulletin of the United States National Museum 100(14)2: . License: Public Domain

A stingfish with dark brown stripes along the rays of the inner surface of the pectoral fin, dark leading edges on the first four dorsal-fin spines and the first anal-fin spine, a white pectoral-fin base, and no transverse dark bands on the caudal fin. The posterior lacrimal spine is relatively short and not bayonet-shaped.

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Striped Stingfish, Minous quincarinatus (Fowler 1943)

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SE of Vulcan Shoal, Timor Sea, Western Australia (12°50′20″S, 124°22′27″E) in 153 m depth. Elsewhere the species occurs in the West Pacific - Japan, East China Sea, Taiwan, Philippines. 
Inhabits soft, sandy or muddy substrates on the continental shelf.


Dorsal fin VIII-IX,12-14; Anal fin II,8-10; Pectoral fin 12; Gill rakers 3-4 + 8-12=11-16. 
First dorsal-fin spine equal in length to second spine. 


The specific name quincarinatus is from the Latin quinque (= five) and carinatus (= keeled), in reference to the '... five parallel longitudinal keels within the whole extent of the interorbital space'.

Species Citation

Paraminous quincarinatus Fowler 1943, Bull. U. S. Natl Mus. 100, 14 (pt 2): 68, Fig. 13. Type locality: off northeastern point Yaku Shima, Japan, Albatross station D.4930, 30°12'N, 130°44'E, depth 84 fathoms.


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Striped Stingfish, Minous quincarinatus (Fowler 1943)


Eschmeyer, W.N., Hallacher, L.E. & Rama-Rao, K.V. 1979. The scorpionfish genus Minous (Scorpaenidae, Minoinae) including a new species from the Indian Ocean. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 41(20): 453-473. See ref at BHL

Fowler, H.W. 1943. Contributions to the biology of the Philippine Archipelago and adjacent regions. Descriptions and figures of new fishes obtained in Philippine seas and adjacent waters by the United States Bureau of Fisheries steamer "Albatross". Bulletin of the United States National Museum No. 100, 14 (pt 2): i-iii + 53-91. See ref online

Matsunuma, M. & Motomura, H. 2018. Three new species of the Indo-Pacific stingfish genus Minous (Synanceiidae: Minoinae) with redescriptions of M. trachycephalus (Bleeker 1855) and M. pictus Günther 1880. Zootaxa 4455(2): 201-257.

Poss, S. 2010. Minous quincarinatus (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T154736A115229065. Downloaded on 10 December 2018.

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CAAB Code:37287143

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:50-154 m

Habitat:Sandy & muddy areas

Max Size:15 cm TL

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