Yellowfin Scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis neglecta Heckel 1837

Other Names: Bandtail Scorpionfish, Yellow-finned Scorpionfish

A Yellowfin Scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis neglecta, in Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales, September 2016. Source: peterdavey / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A blotched and mottled scorpionfish coloured to match its surroundings, with a serrated bony ridge above the eye, a dark reddish submarginal band across the outer part of the tail, and often a yellowish patch on the gill cover. The inner surface of the pectoral fin lacks dark spots and has a black submarginal band across the upper rays, and the axil of the pectoral fin (where it joins the body) has small dark spots.

Video of a Yellowfin Scorpionfish in Chowder Bay, Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, March 2014.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Scorpaenopsis neglecta in Fishes of Australia, accessed 02 Dec 2022,

Yellowfin Scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis neglecta Heckel 1837

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Recorded in Australia from Shark Bay, Western Australia, to Wollongong, New South Wales. Elsewhere this species is widespread in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.
Solitary on sandy and muddy areas near reefs.


Taken as bycatch in trawl fisheries.

Species Citation

Scorpaenopsis neglecta Heckel, 1837, Annal. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 2(1): 159. Type locality: Sea of East Indies.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Yellowfin Scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis neglecta Heckel 1837


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37287030

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:0-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sand/mud areas

Max Size:19 cm SL

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