Humpback Waspfish, Cheroscorpaena tridactyla Mees 1964

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Humpback Waspfish, Cheroscorpaena tridactyla Mees 1964

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Wyndham, Western Australia, to the mouth of the East Alligator River, Northern Terrotry, and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Elsewhere the species occurs in New Guinea.  Inhabits shallow coastal reefs.

Species Citation

Cheroscorpaena tridactyla Mees 1964, Zoologische Mededelingen (Leiden) 40(1): 1-4 fig. 1 [1, pl. 1]. Type data: Holotype RMNH 24787, Frederik Hendrik Island, New Guinea.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Humpback Waspfish, Cheroscorpaena tridactyla Mees 1964


Allen, G.R. 1985. Fishes of Western Australia. Book 9. pp. 2207-2534 526 pls in Burgess, W.E. & Axelrod, H.R. (eds). Pacific Marine Fishes. Neptune, New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications.

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

Mees, G.F. 1964. A new fish of the family Scorpaenidae from New Guinea. Zoologische Mededelingen (Leiden)40(1): 1-4 fig. 1 See ref online
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 pp. 2069-2790.

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CAAB Code:37287050

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:5-6 m

Habitat:Reef associated

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