Slender Scorpionfish, Lioscorpius longiceps Günther 1880

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A slender pink scorpionfish with 5 large indistinct darker blotches on the sides, the first three below the spinous dorsal, one below the soft dorsal and one on the caudal-fin base.

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Slender Scorpionfish, Lioscorpius longiceps Günther 1880

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Off North West Cape, Western Australia, to west of Cartier Island in the Timor Sea, and off Raine Island, north Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, west-central Pacific.


Similar Species

The Tripleband Scorpionfish, Lioscorpius trifasciatus, differs in colour pattern, and in having three spines and five soft rays in the anal fin, versus two spines and six rays in L. longiceps.

Species Citation

Lioscorpius longiceps Günther 1880, Report shore fishes voyagef H. M. S. Challenger 1873-1876 1(6) : 40. Type locality:  Kai Islands, Challenger station 192, Indonesia, Banda Sea, depth 129 fathoms


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Slender Scorpionfish, Lioscorpius longiceps Günther 1880


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Günther, A. 1880. Report on the shore fishes procured during the voyage of H.M.S Challenger, in the years 1872–1876. Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger 1873–1876, Zoology 1(6): 1-82 pls 1-32 

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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37287043

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:180-445 m

Habitat:Bottom dweller

Max Size:13 cm SL

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