Morphology Data of Scorpaenopsis rubrimarginata
Identification keys
Main Ref. Fricke, R., P. Durville and T. Mulochau, 2013
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished by the following characters: nape and anterior body not highly arched; upper opercular spine divided into two points: pectoral-fin rays 16; lateral-line scales 23; scales in longitudinal series 42, the posterior lacrimal spine single; a broad space present between the eye and the suborbital ridge which have 5 retrorse spines, the interorbital ridges not elevated posteriorly to join the tip of the tympanic spines, a deep subtriangular suborbital pit present; base of the parietal spines curving strongly into the occipital pit, the orbit large (eye diameter 0.62 in snout length/preorbita length, 2.4 in head length); presence of a small, triangular supraocular tentacle; head length 2.3 in SL; first dorsal-fin spine 2.5 in second spine; second anal-fin spine about equal in length to third spine; pectoral-fin of male with a large black spot basally on 8th-10th rays (missing in presumed females) (Ref. 93863).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Scorpaenopsis rubrimarginata

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 23 - 23
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 12 - 12
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 6 - 6

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   16 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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