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); ramaraoi: Named in honor of the late Kaza V. Rama Rao who assisted in the early research on Scorpaenopsis. Not in Ref. 40966. More on authors: Randall & Eschmeyer.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 1 - 60 m (Ref. 42181). Tropical
Indo-West Pacific: Pakistan and Sri Lanka to New Britain, Papua New Guinea (Ref. 42181).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.8 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102)
soft rays: 5. Distinct median interorbital ridge. No extra spine anterior to each tympanic spine; occipital pit shallow, not quadrangular. Ridge above anterior lacrimal spine with a pointed tip. Upper opercular spine single, narrow and without a median ridge. Space between opercular spines without ridges. Supraocular tentacle well-developed. Longitudinal scale series 45-49 (Ref 42181).
Collected from both silty sand and rocky bottom; also from areas with coral (Ref. 42181). Inhabits rock or coral bottoms in 1-60 m (Ref 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Randall, J.E and W.N. Eschmeyer, 2001. Revision of the Indo-Pacific scorpionfish genus Scopaenopsis, with descriptions of eight new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (34):79 p. (Ref. 42181)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 24.7 - 29.1, mean 28.2 (based on 1440 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01230 (0.00584 - 0.02591), 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
): 4.1 ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (34 of 100) .