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Ichthyscopus lebeck Longnosed stargazer

Ichthyscopus lebeck (c) by De Jong Marinelife

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lexID:
7622 
AphiaID:
281148 
Scientific:
Ichthyscopus lebeck 
German:
Langnasen Sternengucker 
English:
Longnosed Stargazer 
Category:
Scorpionfishes/Stonefishes 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Uranoscopidae (Family) > Ichthyscopus (Genus) > lebeck (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Bloch & Schneider, ), 1801 
Occurrence:
Australia, India, Indian Ocean, Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Singapore, Western Pacific Ocean 
Size:
up to 23.62" (60 cm) 
Temperature:
°F - 77 °F (°C - 25°C) 
Food:
Fish (little fishes), Fish larvae, Predatory 
Tank:
1099.89 gal (~ 5000L) 
Difficulty:
Experts only! Very hard to keep 
Offspring:
None 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
 
Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2014-10-13 10:32:41 

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Ichthyscopus lebeck (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Longnosed stargazer

As the other stargazer species, the longnose stargazer is an ambush predator, burying its body deeply into the sand with only its tiny eyes peeking out.
When either fish or crustaceans unsuspectingly pass overhead, it bounces up to catch its prey swalloing with one gulp.
Some stargazer species are equipped with a lure that grows from the bottom of their mouth to bait their prey. Stargazers also have venomous spines which are located behind the opercle and above the pectoral fin to defend themselves. In addition, some of the estimated 50 existing species of stargazers are equipped with an electricity producing organ which serves either to detect potential prey or to deter possible predators.
With an adult size of 60 cm and its predatory activity the fish is fairly unattractive for hobby aquarists.


Synonymised names:
Ichthyoscopus lebeck (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Ichthyscopus lebeck lebeck (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Uranoscopus inermis Cuvier, 1829
Uranoscopus lebeck Bloch & Schneider, 1801

Classification:
Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Uranoscopidae (Family) > Ichthyscopus (Genus)

External links

  1. FishBase (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  2. World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.

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