Raggy Scorpionfish, <i>Scorpaenopsis venosa</i> Click to enlarge image
A Raggy Scorpionfish photographed at night at a depth between 4m and 10m, Big Vicki’s Reef, Lizard Island, Queensland, 8 March 2010. Image: Lyle Vail
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    venosa
    Genus
    Scorpaenopsis
    Family
    Scorpaenidae
    Order
    Scorpaeniformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    18 cm

Introduction

As its standard name suggests, this tropical marine species is covered with skin flaps and tentacles.

Identification

The Raggy Scorpionfish has branched tentacles and skin flaps on the head, body and fins. It has a relatively tall dorsal fin with 12 spines. The species is mottled brown with whitish areas. Juveniles are more onate than adults. The snout of this species is shorter than that of the Smallscale Scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis oxycephala (pers. comm. Hiroyuki Motomura, 2016).

Habitat

It inhabits coral reef crevices.

Distribution

The species occurs in the eastern Indian Ocean and western Pacific.

In Australia it is known from the offshore islands of north-western Western Australia and the northern Great Barrier Reef to southern Queensland.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.



References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. 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.
  3. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.