Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Scorpaenidae
(Scorpionfishes or rockfishes) > Pteroinae
Etymology: Ebosia: Ebosia, Ebusus = an island in the Tarraconense province of Roman empire (Spain); falcata: From the elongated parietal crests of mature males; species with the sickle-shaped helmet or headdress.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 47 - 243 m (Ref. 41422). Tropical
Indian Ocean: off Somalia, Pakistan and the west coast of India and off the Andaman Sea coast of Thailand.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 41422)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 12 - 13;
soft rays: 8 - 10;
Vertebrae: 24. Parietal crest of adult males very elongate; low in females. Dorsal fin rays 4.5-10.5; spines very long, longest at middle of the fin, 12th shortest; membranes deeply incised between spines; soft rays branched distally in largest specimens. Anal fin rays 7.5-9.5, usually 8.5; 1st spine shortest, increasing in length to 3rd; soft rays branched in larger specimens. Pectoral fin almost reaching caudal fin base, a little beyond in small individuals, short of caudal base in larger ones. Caudal fin very long , middle rays longest and branched; procurrent rays spinous. Vertical ctenoid scale rows about 40; cheek and area behind eyes scaled. Supraocular tentacle present. Preopercle with 3 spines; supplemental spine absent. Suborbital ridge spiny, irregular, with more than 10 spinous points of variable shape. Ocular ridges with spines, but poorly defined by location. Sphenotic and pterotic spines multiple. No spines on interorbital space, occiput, snout; no upper and lower post temporal, cleithral and supracleithral spines (Ref. 41422).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Eschmeyer, W.N. and K.V. Rama-Rao, 1977. A new scorpionfish, Ebosia falcata (Scorpaenidae, Pteroinae), from the western Indian Ocean, with comments on the genus. Matsya 3:64-71. (Ref. 41422)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 18.7 - 24.8, mean 23.4 (based on 53 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00409 - 0.02558), b=3.10 (2.89 - 3.31), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (29 of 100) .