Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Platycephalidae
Etymology: sainsburyi: Named for Keith J. Sainsbury.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 20 - 74 m (Ref. 76979). Tropical
Indo-West Pacific coasts of Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 76979)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 7 - 9;
soft rays: 12;
Vertebrae: 27. This species has the following characters: preorbital spines 4-5; total gill rakers on the first arch 5; bony expansion of the suborbital ridge upper base on cheek with 1-2 rows of small spines; maxilla reaching to below middle eye; papilla on upper surface of eye absent; ethmoid with a series of spines and several pairs of nasal spines; supraorbital and suborbital ridges with numerous smaller spines; no sensory tubules on cheek area below the suborbital ridge (Ref. 76979).
A benthic species found in soft-bottom continental shelves (Ref. 75154).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Knapp, L.W. and H. Imamura, 2004. Sunagocia sainsburyi, a new flathead fish (Scorpaeniformes: Platycephalidae) from northwestern Australia. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 117(4):545-550. (Ref. 76979)
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
): 22.1 - 28.2, mean 26.5 (based on 87 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.6 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 vulnerability (14 of 100) .