Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Uranoscopidae
Etymology: Uranoscopus: Greek, ouranos = sky + Greek skopein = to watch (Ref. 45335). More on author: Alcock.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 179 - 220 m (Ref. 94018). Tropical
Northern Indian Ocean: Somalia and Yemen (Gulf of Aden), Oman (Arabian Sea) and India (Coromandel coast, Ganjam coast, Chennai coast).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 27.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 94018)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 13. This medium-sized species is distinguished by the following characters: large head (head length 2.7-2.9 in SL); 4-7 spines on lower edge of preopercle; labial fimbriae well-developed; nostrils with short tubiform valve; dorsoposterior margin of pectoral-fin truncate; colour of lower half of pectoral-fin and membranes of caudal-fin yellow in fresh specimens; in adults, oblique scale rows along the sides of the body 52-54, in juveniles and subadults 41-54 (Ref. 94018).
Found on soft bottoms of lower continental shelf and at relatively narrow depth range (Ref. 94018).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Fricke, R., L.A. Jawad, L.H. Al-Kharusi and J.M. Al-Mamry, 2013. New record and redescription of Uranoscopus crassiceps Alcock, 1890 (Uranoscopidae) from Oman, Arabian Sea, northwestern Indian Ocean, based on adult specimens. Cybium 37(3):143-147. (Ref. 94018)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01202 (0.00541 - 0.02673), b=3.05 (2.86 - 3.24), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (38 of 100) .