Animal Species:Weedy Scorpionfish, Rhinopias aphanes Eschmeyer, 1973
The Weedy Scorpionfish is easily overlooked by divers even though it sits on the coral, often in full view. The species varies in colour from yellow to brown, green or black and is covered by a camouflaging maze-like pattern.
Standard Common Name
Lacy Scorpionfish, Merlet's Scorpionfish
The species has a distinctive head shape, an upturned mouth, tentacles on the snout, and skin flaps on the body. The species varies in colour from yellow to brown, green or black and is covered by a maze-like pattern. Surprisingly, the Weedy Scorpionfish is easily overlooked by divers even though it sits on the coral, often in full view.
The species grows to a maximum length of 25 cm.
The Weedy Scorpionfish is recorded from north-eastern Australia as well as other areas of the Pacific and Japan.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
The species is found in coral reefs between depths of 6 m to 25 m.
- Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 507.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Weedy Scorpionfish, Rhinopias aphanes, Scorpaenidae, Lacy Scorpionfish, Merlet's Scorpionfish, camouflaging maze-like pattern, camouflage, odd shaped, yellow, brown, green, black, maze-like pattern, 10 cm - 30 cm, marine, coral reef,