Smallscale Scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis oxycephala (Bleeker 1849)


A Smallscale Scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis oxycephala, at Pulau Besar, Flores, Indonesia, May 2009. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC BY Attribution

Summary:
A mottled and variable reddish-brown scorpionfish with white patches, and often a darker triangular area below the eye that extends across the cheek. The Smallscale Scorpionfish has prominent skin tassels on the lower part of the head.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Scorpaenopsis oxycephala in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/2125

Smallscale Scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis oxycephala (Bleeker 1849)

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Distribution

Northwest Shelf, Western Australia, Cartier Island, Timor Sea, and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland; Also Christmas Island in teh eastern Indian Ocean. Inhabits coral and rocky areas on coastal and offshore reefs in depths to 43 m.

Species Citation

Scorpaena oxycephalus Bleeker 1849, Verhandelingen van het Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen 22: 7. Type locality: Jakarta, Java (as Batavia, Dutch East Indies).

Author

Bray, D.J. 2017

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Smallscale Scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis oxycephala (Bleeker 1849)

References


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. 

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp. 

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. 

Bleeker, P. 1849. Bijdrage tot de kennis der Scleroparei van den Soenda-Molukschen Archipel. Verhandelingen van het Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen 22: 1-10 

Dor, M. 1984. CLOFRES, Checklist of the Fishes of the Red Sea. Jerusalem : Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities 437 pp. 2 figs. 

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. 406 pp. 

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp. 

Motomura, H., Béarez, P. & Causse, R. 2011. Review of Indo-Pacific specimens of the subfamily Scorpaeninae (Scorpaenidae), deposited in the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, with description of a new species of Neomerinthe. Cybium 33(1): 55-73

Poss, S.G. 1999. Families Scorpaenidae, Caracanthidae, Aploactinidae. pp. 2291-2358 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds) The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 pp. 2069-2790. 

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. 

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs. 

Randall, J.E. & Eschmeyer, W.N. 2001. Revision of the Indo-Pacific scorpionfish genus Scorpaenopsis, with descriptions of eight new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes 34: 1-79

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37287084

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:1-43 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:36 cm TL

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