Steene's Scorpionfish, Scorpaenodes steenei Allen 1977


Steene's Scorpionfish, Scorpaenodes steenei. Source: Barry Hutchins / Western Australian Museum. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
A pinkish scorpionfish with blackish markings on the head and a black spot on the middle of the gill cover, a red snout and lips, dusky reddish-grey bars and blotches on body, reddish bars on caudal peduncle, and red and whitish bands on the fins.

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Dianne J. Bray, Scorpaenodes steenei in Fishes of Australia, accessed 07 Jul 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/3662

Steene's Scorpionfish, Scorpaenodes steenei Allen 1977

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Distribution

Endemic to Western Australia from Albany to Carnarvon.

Features

Dorsal fin XIII, 10.5; Anal fin III, 5; Pectoral fin 17; Gill rakers on first arch 15-17 (including rudiments); Vertical scale rows above lateral-line from upper edge of gill opening to base of caudal fin 47-48; Horizontal scale rows from lateral-line to base of fourth dorsal spine 6-7; Horizontal scale rows from lateral-line to anus 12-13. 

Similar Species

Differs from Scorpaenodes parvipinnis from the tropical Indo-West Pacific in having a more soft dorsal-fin rays, fewer spines on the suborbital ridge, and a taller dorsal fin. 

Etymology

Named steenei in honour of Roger Steene who helped collect the first specimen and provided the author with a colour photograph.

Species Citation

Scorpaenodes steenei Allen 1977, Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. 101(3): 145, Pl. 1. Type locality: off northeastern side of Rottnest Island, Western Australia, depth 6 m.

Author

Dianne J. Bray

Steene's Scorpionfish, Scorpaenodes steenei Allen 1977

References


Allen, G.R. 1977. A new species of scorpaenid fish (Scorpaenidae) from Western Australia. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 101(3): 145-148. PDF at BHL

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

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37287079

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:1-17 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm SL

Native:Endemic

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