Scorpis lineolata

Silver sweep | Scorpis lineolatus
Scorpis lineolata
Scorpis lineolata, Sydney, NSW, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Scorpis lineolata
Scorpis lineolata, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Scorpis lineolata, juvenile, Port Stephens, NSW, Photo: Tom Davis
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Scorpis lineolata
Scorpis lineolata
Scorpis lineolata
Scorpis lineolata


Temperate Australasia


Compared with the other sweeps, they are darker, less rounded, and the start of the dorsal and anal fins is not as highly elevated. They are found in great abundance in shallow water on NSW reefs but decline rapidly in numbers towards the south. Juveniles are also occasionally found near the entrances of estuaries.


Max Size: 30 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 13-25.2°C

Depth: 1-30m

Habitat Generalization Index: 44.96

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Common (47.7% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Many (36 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney