Neoscombrops pacificus Mochizuki, 1979
Neoscombrops pacificus
photo by Justine, J.-L.

 Family:  Acropomatidae (Lanternbellies, temperate ocean-basses)
 Max. size:  40 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 60 - 500 m
 Distribution:  Pacific Ocean: Japan and Samoa. Reported from Fiji and Tuvalu (Ref. 12596); Chesterfield Islands (Ref. 11897).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 7-7; Vertebrae: 25-25. Distinguished from its congeners in having 54-56 pored lateral line scales (49-51 to hypural end, 4-5 on caudal fin); transverse scale rows 5/11, about 13; caudal peduncle depth 7.89-8.67 in SL (Ref. 36028). Description: Resembling scombropids in body shape and color, but distinguished by its dorsal and anal fin ray counts, and lack of canine-like teeth on lateral side of upper jaw. Reaches 40 cm TL (Ref. 559).
 Biology:  Apparently occurs on rocky slopes of islands and seamounts (Ref. 37257).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 23.05.96
 Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 12.06.07

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