Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Scorpaenidae
(Scorpionfishes or rockfishes) > Scorpaeninae
Etymology: Scorpaenopsis: Latin, scorpaena = a kind of fish, 1706 + Greek, opsis = appearance (Ref. 45335). More on author: Ogilby.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; brackish; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 80 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical; 35°N - 25°S
Pacific Ocean: northwest Australia, Moluccas, and Philippines to the Marquesan and Society islands, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to Rowley Shoals, Western Australia, and Tonga; Mariana and Caroline Islands in Micronesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.6 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102); common length : 10.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 37816)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 5. Submarginal black band on inner pectoral fin surface complete; eyes relatively large; snout relatively short; hump on back less obvious as in S. diabolus; SL to 10.4 cm. No black spot nearly as large as eye on inner surface of pectoral fins. A narrow triangular black mark inside mouth at front of upper jaw behind teeth. Ascending process of premaxilla broad, its maximum width 1.4-1.8 in orbit diameter. No series papillae or nodules across interorbital space between supraocular spines. Nasal spine single (Ref 42181).
A rare inhabitant of mixed sand and rubble areas of reef flats and shallow lagoons. Feeds on fishes (Ref. 89972). Usually buries itself in the substrate when in sand or sits amongst rubble where it has good camouflage (Ref. 48635). Anterolateral glandular grooves with venom gland (Ref. 57406). Solitary or in pairs (Ref 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 1602)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25 - 28.9, mean 27.7 (based on 672 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01230 (0.00587 - 0.02579), b=3.02 (2.85 - 3.19), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (30 of 100) .