Animal Species:Eschmeyer's Scorpionfish, Rhinopias eschmeyeri Condé, 1977
Standard Common Name
Eschmeyer's Scorpionfish lacks disitinct markings but has a single black spot on the soft rayed part of the dorsal fin. There are two tentacles on the underside of the lower jaw.
Rhinopias frondosa has two or more pairs of tentacles on the underside of lower jaw and a strongly notched dorsal fin.
The species has an Indo-west Pacific distribution.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
It is a benthic species that is usually seen on sandy areas of coral reefs.
- Motomura, H. & J.W. Johnson, 2006. Validity of the poorly known scorpionfish, Rhinopias eschmeyeri, with redescriptions of R. frondosa and R. aphanes (Scorpaeniformes: Scorpaenidae). Copeia (3): 500-515.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology