Whitemargin Stargazer, Uranoscopus sulphureus Valenciennes 1832

A Whitemargin Stargazer, Uranoscopus sulphureus, at Padre Burgos, Leyte, Central Visayas, Philippines, October 2011 - showing the worm-like appendage used to attract prey. Source: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A pale brownish stargazer with a black first dorsal fin, black spots on the body, and a white margin on the pectoral, second dorsal, anal and caudal fins. The Whitemargin Stargazer has an oral lure used to attract the prey. It usually lies buried in sand with just the mouth and eyes showing. The large spine on the shoulder is venomous.

Video of a Whitemargin Stargazer engulfingMoluccan Cardinalfish.

Cite this page as:
Bray, D.J. 2017, Uranoscopus sulphureus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 01 Jul 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/2985

Whitemargin Stargazer, Uranoscopus sulphureus Valenciennes 1832

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Dorsal fin IV, 12-13; Anal fin 13.
Respiratory valve inside lower jaw with a thread-like brownish appendage and several long filaments around is base. Upper edge of opercle ascending backward. Posterior nostril a slit-like pore or with a very low tubular valve. First dorsal fin with V spines (last one rudimentary). Only 1 basipterygial process. No cirrus on eye


Bray, D.J. 2017

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37400030

Depth:Venomous spine on shoulder

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy/silty areas

Max Size:45 cm TL

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