Pacific Monkeyfish, Erosa erosa (Langsdorf 1829)

Other Names: Daruma Stinger, Monkeyfish, Monkey-fish, Pitted Scorpionfish, Pitted Stonefish

A Pacific Monkeyfish, Erosa erosa, at Lembeh Strait, Manado, Indonesia. Source: Tom Demeyer / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution


A variably-coloured scorpionfish relative ranging from reddish to orange or brown with white mottling, and dark crossbands and/or rows of irregular white spots on the pectoral, pelvic, anal and caudal fins.

The Pacific Monkeyfish has a large rounded head, with a bony hump over the eyes followed by a deep pit on the back of the head, and a very short snout that is almost vertical in profile.

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Pacific Monkeyfish, Erosa erosa (Langsdorf 1829)

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Off Shark Bay, Western Australia, to off the Clarence River, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the east-Indo-west-Pacific.

Although the Pacific Monkeyfish is occasionally seen near shallow reefs, it usually inhabits deeper waters.


Dorsal fin XIV, 9; Anal fin II, 5-6; Pectoral fin 14-16; Pelvic fin I, 4.


Often taken in trawls.


Similar Species

Differs from the Daruma Stinger, Erosa darumain having a hump over the eyes followed by a pit before the dorsal fin, and large white spots on the outer pectoral fin and fine vertical lines on the tail, vs a rounded head profile and a  broad white bar on the pectoral and caudal fins in the Daruma Stinger.


Bray, D.J. 2022

Pacific Monkeyfish, Erosa erosa (Langsdorf 1829)


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CAAB Code:37287022

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:10-175 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:15 cm TL

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