Scorpaenopsis eschmeyeri Randall & Greenfield 2004

Scorpaenopsis eschmeyeri, at Ra, Fiji, May 2016. Source: Mark Rosenstein / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A variegated reddish to yellowish-red  scorpionfish with irregular reddish, yellowish and whitish blotches, the darkest blotches usually above the tip of the upper opercular spine.

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Scorpaenopsis eschmeyeri Randall & Greenfield 2004

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Torres Strait and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea, to the Solitary Islands, northern New South Wales. The species also occurs in Fiji, the Chesterfield Islands in the Coral Sea, and New Caledonia.


Dorsal fin XII, 9; Anal fin III, 5; Pectoral fin 17-18; Longitudinal scale series 44--48. 
Body depth 2.8-3.05 in SL; head length (HL) 2.2-2.3 in SL; snout length 3.0-3.15 in HL; orbit diameter 4.65-4.95 in HL; nearly one-half of orbit extending above dorsal profile of head; interorbital width 6.75-7.2 in HL. Pair of interorbital ridges flaring posteriorly, then curving medially to join slight incurved ridge at front of occipital pit; median interorbital ridge extending half way back in interorbital space; occipital pit shallow and not flat. Coronal spines and pretympanic spines absent. Suborbital pit not well developed; suborbital ridge with 4 spines, the first on lacrimal; two ventral spines on lacrimal, one directed mainly anteriorly and the other curving posteriorly. 
First dorsal spine 1.9-2.4 in second spine; third dorsal spine longest, 2.2-2.7 in HL; eleventh dorsal spine 1.55-2.0 in twelfth spine; second anal spine 1.65-2.0 in HL. Supraoccipital tentacle absent. 


Body variable in colour, the darkest blotches usually above tip of upper opercular spine, two on lateral line, two obliquely above and forward of these, two in soft portion of dorsal fin, and one in anal fin.


The species is named in honour of William N. Eschmeyer, in recognition of his research on the Scorpaenidae.

Species Citation

Scorpaenopsis eschmeyeri Randall & Greenfield, 2004, Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 55(19): 385, Figs. 1-2. Type locality: Rabi Island, northwestern shore, 16°26.701'S, 179°56.261'W, Vanua Levu, Fiji, depth 1-2 m.


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Scorpaenopsis eschmeyeri Randall & Greenfield 2004


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37287108

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:1-24 m

Feeding:0-60 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11.5 cm SL

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