Image: Spineblotch Scorpionfish, Sebastapistes mauritiana

Spineblotch Scorpionfish, Sebastapistes mauritiana

A Spineblotch Scorpionfish at a depth of 5 m, Bawley Point, New South Wales, 3 May 2009.

Photographer:
Andrew Green
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© Andrew Green

Notes

The Spineblotch Scorpionfish looks similar to the Southern Red Scorpionfish, Scorpaena papillosa. They both have coronal spines and 10-11 soft rays in the dorsal fin, but Spineblotch Scorpionfish is a small fish (largest is about 10 cm TL) with a very short snout.

Thank you to Dr Hiroyuki Motomura for identifying the fish.

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Spineblotch Scorpionfish, Sebastapistes mauritiana, Scorpaenidae,