Pterois mombasae (Smith, 1957)
Frillfin turkeyfish
photo by Goebbels, D.

Family:  Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes), subfamily: Pteroinae
Max. size:  20 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 10 - 70 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Durban in South Africa, Sri Lanka, India, New Guinea and Solomon Islands. First recorded in the northeastern Indian Ocean from Indonesia and Australia (Ref. 5978).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 6-7. Reddish brown with alternating broad and thin dark bars separated by white; dark spot on cheek; small tentacle above eye which may be banded; upper half of pectorals with large dark spots on inner surface (Ref. 4313). Description: Characterized by having each dorsal spine free of membrane except basally; enlarged and wing-like pectoral fins with upper rays free of membrane on outer one-fourth to one-half, unbranched rays; depth of body about 2.7 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Found on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154). A rare inhabitant of rocky bottoms of deep offshore reefs. Normally found on soft-bottom or muddy substrates with rich rubble ridges amongst rich invertebrate growth, especially sponges (Ref. 48635). Sold fresh in small quantities in markets. Also found among soft corals, solitary or in small groups (Ref 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 03 March 2015 Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 25.05.94
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 04.03.13
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 23.08.94

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