Animal Species:Eschmeyer's Scorpionfish, Rhinopias eschmeyeri Condé, 1977

Standard Common Name

Eschmeyer's Scorpionfish

Alternative Name/s

Paddleflap

Identification

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.

Distribution

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.

Rhinopias eschmeyeri

Habitat

It is a benthic species that is usually seen on sandy areas of coral reefs.

Classification

Species:
eschmeyeri
Genus:
Rhinopias
Family:
Scorpaenidae
Order:
Scorpaeniformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. 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
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