Animal Species:Ocellate Scorpionfish, Parascorpaena mcadamsi (Fowler, 1938)
The Ocellate Scorpionfish is a small mottled species of scorpionfish that lives on offshore tropical reefs.
Standard Common Name
The Ocellate Scorpionfish has quadrangular, naked depression behind the eyes. The colouration is variable but males have a dark spot on the dorsal fin between spines 8 and 10.
It occurs on offshore reefs of northern Australia and throughout the tropical Indo-west Pacific.
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
- 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.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology