Echiichthys vipera

Author: Cuvier, 1829

Echiichthys vipera Cuvier, 1829

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Echiichthys vipera (Cuvier, 1829) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: Dl V-VIII; D2 21-24; A I + 24-26. Colour: yellowish-brown with brown spots often forming some longitudinal lines on sides. Size: to about 15 cm SL.

Habitat, etc.: see family.

Distribution: Mediterranean, Adriatic, eastern Atlantic from the Skagerrak, Scotland and Ireland to the Canaries. Locally very common.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. McIntosh and Masterman, 1897: 156, pl. I (fig. 14), pl. VI (fig. 7-8) | Padoa, 1956b: 687 | Varagnolo, 1964: 261, pl. 2 (fig. 9).
Otoliths (sagitta). Scott, 1906: 57, pl. IIB (8-9) | Chaine, 1957: 465, pl. I.

Note. This species is considered as the most dangerous of the European weevers, both for its poison and for its frequent occurrence very near to beaches.