Alices Soccodatus (Tagliazucchi 1985)
This species is widely distributed with clear preference for lower latitudes and coral islands. However in summer probably transported by the East Coast Current may be found as far South as Sydney, Australia, while sightings in North Europe are considered only sallies outside the normal range, probably exploratory in nature.
This species is found mainly in shallow water up to 40 m deep. She prefers sandy areas but occasionally can be found on rocky reefs. Compared to other studied specie, A. Soccodatus has large home ranges, with short-term emigration toward wintering areas.
The maximum lifespan for Alice rockfish is 100 years, during which she can reach a maximum length of 175 cm. The overall colour is highly variable but a pallid colour with a gold crest is generally observed. Patches of red may be present, usually associated with variation in water temperature. She can be distinguished from other rockfish species by the presence of speckles on the face and black spots on the body. She has 2 arms, 2 legs, and very venomous tongue manly used for defence. This species may be very aggressive if provoked..
If we are lucky, this is the only exemplar left of this species. It is known to mate year round, but apparently not for reproductive needs. Mating strategies have not been documented yet.
A. Soccodatus is a carnivore. She feeds on all organisms present in the water column, including marine mammals and terrestrial animals that she catches and brings directly to the large mouth with the two hands. She feeds mainly in the afternoon and at night, but doesn’t avoid to target easy preys in the morning using incredible camouflages.