Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Cottidae
Etymology: Scorpaenichthys: Latin, scorpaena = a kind of fish, 1706 + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 200 m (Ref. 2850). Subtropical; 58°N - 26°N, 137°W - 112°W
Eastern Pacific: Sitka, southeastern Alaska to Punta Abrejos, central Baja California, Mexico.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 99.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850); max. published weight: 14.0 kg (Ref. 27436); max. reported age: 13 years (Ref. 56049)
Inhabits rocky, sandy and muddy bottoms as well as kelp beds (Ref. 4925). Adults and juveniles feed on crustaceans, fishes and mollusks (Ref. 6885). Commonly captured by sport fishers (from shore, boats or piers) and by scuba divers (Ref. 2850). Flesh is good eating but eggs are poisonous and will make humans violently ill (Ref. 13513).
Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Boston (MA, USA): Houghton Mifflin Company. xii+336 p. (Ref. 2850)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes; aquarium: public aquariums
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 7.5 - 11.6, mean 8.9 (based on 40 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.47 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tm=3; tmax=13; K=0.3, Fec=40,000-90,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (37 of 100) .