Cheekspot Scorpionfish, Scorpaenodes evides (Jordan & Thompson 1914)

Other Names: Little Scorpionfish

A Cheekspot Scorpionfish, Scorpaenodes evides, at Fly Point, Port Stephens, New South Wales, February 2011. Source: Richard Ling / Flickr. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

A small brownish to pink or reddish scorpionfish with a dark spot or blotch on the lower part of the operculum, red-spotted fins and leaf-like appendages on the head. The dorsal-fin spines are venomous.

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Cheekspot Scorpionfish, Scorpaenodes evides (Jordan & Thompson 1914)

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Recorded in Australia from the Houtman Abrolhos, WA, to Jervis Bay, NSW; also Lord Howe Island and Elizabeth and Middleton reefs. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin XIII, 9; Anal fin III, 5.


Until 2010, the Cheekspot Scorpionfish was referred to as Scorpaenodes littoralis which is a junior synonym.
The species has also been misidentified as the Pygmy Scorpionfish, Scorpaenodes scaber, which lacks the dark spot on the operculum.

Species Citation

Thysanichthys evides Jordan & Thompson, 1914, Mem. Carnegie Mus. 6(4): 272, Pl. 32 (fig. 3). Type locality: Misaki, Japan.


Dianne J. Bray

Cheekspot Scorpionfish, Scorpaenodes evides (Jordan & Thompson 1914)


Allen, G.R. 1997.Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. 292 pp. (as Scorpaenodes scaber)

Allen, G.R. Cross, N.J., Bray, D.J. & Hoese, D.F. 2006. Scorpaeninae. pp. 881-892 in Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. (as Scorpaenodes littoralis)

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Allen, G.R. & Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 1994. Fishes of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Atoll Research Bulletin 412: 1-21.

Greenfield, D.W. & K. Matsuura, 2002. Scorpaenodes quadrispinosus: a new Indo-Pacific scorpionfish (Teleostei: Scorpaenidae). Copeia 2002(4): 973-978. (as Scorpaenodes littoralis)

Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. 180 pp. (as S. scaber)

Jordan, D.S. & Thompson, W.F. 1914. Record of the fishes obtained in Japan in 1911. Memoirs of the Carnegie Museum 6(4): 205-313 figs 1-87 pls 24-42

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls.

Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437. (as S. scaber)

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293.

Motomura, H., Arbsuwan, S. & Musikasinthorn, P. 2010. Thysanichthys evides, a senior synonym of Sebastella littoralis, and a valid species of Scorpaenodes (Actinopterygii: Scorpaenidae). Species Diversity 15: 71-81.

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 2069-2790 pp. (as Scorpaenodes littoralis)

Poss, S.G., McCosker, J.E. & Baldwin, C.C. 2010. A new species of Scorpaenodes (Pisces: Scorpaenidae) from the Galápagos and Cocos islands with discussions of the limits of Scorpaenodes and Thysanichthys. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 61(2): 235-267.

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp. (as Scorpaenodes littoralis)

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. (as Scorpaenodes littoralis)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37287076

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:1-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10.5 cm TL

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