Western Red Scorpionfish, Scorpaena sumptuosa Castelnau 1875

Other Names: Western Red Rockcod, Western Red Scorpion Cod, Western Red Scorpioncod, Western Scorpionfish

A Western Red Scorpionfish, Scorpaena sumptuosa, at Busselton Jetty, Western Australia, November 2017. Source: Max Williams / iNaturalist.org. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Scorpaena sumptuosa in Fishes of Australia, accessed 30 Nov 2023, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/3655

Western Red Scorpionfish, Scorpaena sumptuosa Castelnau 1875

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Endemic to Western Australia, from Albany in the south, northwards to North West Cape. Inhabits coastal reefs at depths to 60 m.

Similar Species

The Western Red Scorpionfish differs from the other southern Australian species of Scorpaena in having a deeper body, and a deeper groove on the head behind the eye.

Species Citation

Scorpaena sumptuosa Castelnau 1875, Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876 : Official Record: 17. Type locality: Fremantle, Western Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Western Red Scorpionfish, Scorpaena sumptuosa Castelnau 1875


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Motomura, H., Last, P.R. & Yearsley, G.K. 2005. Scorpaena bulacephala, a new species of scorpionfish (Scorpaeniformes: Scorpaenidae) from the northern Tasman Sea. Zootaxa 1043: 17-32 

Poss, S.G. 1994. Family Scorpaenidae. pp. 477-494 figs 428-441 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37287072

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:1-60 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:40 cm TL


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