Godfrey's Scorpionfish, Pteroidichthys amboinensis (Bleeker 1856)

Other Names: Ambon Scorpionfish

Godfrey's Scorpionfish, Pteroidichthys amboinensis, in Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi, Indonesia, Lembeh, April 2013. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

In Australia, this species was previously called Pteroidichthys godfreyi, a junior synonym.

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Dianne J. Bray, Pteroidichthys amboinensis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 29 May 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/2110

Godfrey's Scorpionfish, Pteroidichthys amboinensis (Bleeker 1856)

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Northwestern Western Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical Indo-West Pacific: the Red Sea, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, southern Japan, and Fiji.


A species of Pteroidichthys with the following combination of characters: anal fin II, 6; dorsal-fin spines flexible (spines bend easily under slight pressure); snout relatively short, its length 12.3–17.0% (mean 14.3%) of SL, shorter than postorbital length; posterior margin of maxilla reaching to or extending beyond vertical through middle of pupil; distance between tips of lateral lacrimal and first suborbital spines shorter than or subequal to that between tips of first and second suborbital spines; supplemental preopercular spine absent; tentacles on supraocular and posterior lacrimal spines well developed, their lengths greater than orbit diameter; numerous tentacles on trunk and fins; lateral lacrimal and suborbital spines poorly developed, indistinct, usually tiny spines and often bony protuberances without pointed tips; no distinct black blotch on soft-rayed portion of dorsal fin.

Species Citation

Pteroidichthys amboinensis Bleeker, 1856: 34. Type locality: Ambon, Moluccas Islands or Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray

Godfrey's Scorpionfish, Pteroidichthys amboinensis (Bleeker 1856)


Material examined in Motomura, H. & Kanade, Y. 2015 Review of the scorpionfish genus Pteroidichthys (Scorpaenidae),with descriptions of two new species. Zootaxaa 4057 (4): 490–510. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4057.4.2 (493)

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CAAB Code:37287063

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:7-43 m

Habitat:Reef associated

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