Pink Stingfish, Minous roseus (Matsunuma & Motomura 2018)

Holotype of the Pink Stingfish, Minous roseus, CSIRO CA1844 (72.1 mm SL), from north of Cape Lambert, Western Australia, depth 76 m. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A mostly pale pinkish to yellowish stingfish with a narrow dark stripe along the middle of the body, the inner surface of the pectoral fin mostly bright yellow basally and distally, with fine dark stripes basally along the fin rays. The skin flap associated with the pore above the pectoral-fin base is long and tentacle-like.
In Australia, this species had previously been confused with Minous trachycephalus.

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Minous roseus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Jul 2024,

Pink Stingfish, Minous roseus (Matsunuma & Motomura 2018)

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NW of Dampier Archipelago, to E of Ashmore Reef, NW of Admiralty Gulf, Western Australia. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-west Pacific: Maldives and Indonesia (north Sulawesi).


Dorsal fin XI, 11; Anal fin II, 9; Pectoral fin 12 (lowermost ray free from membrane); Pelvic fin I, 5; Vertebrae 11 + 15 = 26. 
Head depth 18.8–21.6% of SL; eye positioned high on head (horizontal line through top of snout bulge is well below ventral margin of pupil in specimens >60 mm SL); anterior and posterior lacrimal spines sharp, anterior spine tip canted anteroventrally, posterior spine tip canted anteroventrally or ventrally in specimens >60 mm SL.


The specific name is from the Latin roseus (= pinkish) in reference to the entirely pinkish body of this species.

Species Citation

Minous roseus Matsunuma & Motomura 2018, Zootaxa 4455(2): 205, Fig 6–8, 9A–C, 10, 18, 19C–F, 20A–D. Type locality: north of Cape Lambert, Western Australia, Australia, 19°35′–39′S, 117°10′–13′E, 76 m depth.


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Pink Stingfish, Minous roseus (Matsunuma & Motomura 2018)


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. (as Minous trachycephalus)

Matsunuma, M. & Motomura, H. 2018. Three new species of the Indo-Pacific stingfish genus Minous (Synanceiidae: Minoinae) with redescriptions of M. trachycephalus (Bleeker 1855) and M. pictus Günther 1880. Zootaxa 4455(2): 201-257.

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. (In part as Minous trachycephalus, figure is M. roseus)

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1984. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls. (as Minous trachycephalus)

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CAAB Code:37287024

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:18-165 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy areas

Max Size:11+ cm TL

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