Animal Species:Yellowfin Scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis neglecta Heckel, 1837
Yellowfin Scorpionfish is a benthic species that occurs in tropical waters of the Indo-west Pacific region.
It grows to 19 cm in length.
In Australia it occurs from the north-west shelf of Western Australia. The presence of an individual in Sydney Harbour (see image above) was unexpected.
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
- Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. Pp. 406.
- 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.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology