Pterois antennata (Bloch, 1787)
Broadbarred firefish
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes), subfamily: Pteroinae
Max. size:  20 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 86 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa to Marquesan and MangarĂ©va islands, north to southern Japan, south to Queensland, Australia and Kermadec (Ref. 8879) and Austral islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 6-6. Reddish to tan with many dark bars on body; median fins with scattered dark spots; tentacle above eye long and with dark bands (Ref. 4313). Adults with bluish black blotches near the base of the pectoral fins (Ref. 48635) Description: Characterized by narrow and oblique brown to reddish-brown bars on caudal peduncle; three dark brown bars on head including one through eye that ends at large blackish or dark brown spot on subopercle; dorsal spines free of membrane except basally; enlarged and wing-like pectoral fins with rays free of membrane on outer one-half to three-fourths, all rays unbranched; body depth 2.5-2.7 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Occurs in lagoon and seaward reefs. Hides in crevices under rocks and coral formations during the day and hunts at night. Typically with head towards the safety of their hide-out or narrow passage (Ref. 48635). Feeds on shrimps and crabs. Venomous and capable of inflicting a painful sting. Minimum depth reported taken from Ref. 30874. Solitary or in groups, under ledges and holes (Ref. 37816).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 03 March 2015 Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  venomous
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 30.01.92
Modified by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 24.02.15
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 08.08.94

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