Plumbstriped Stingfish, Minous versicolor Ogilby 1910

Other Names: Black-banded Wasp-fish, Plumb-striped Stingfish, Plum-striped Stingfish, Plum-striped Wasp-fish

A Plumbstriped Stingfish, Minous versicolor. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

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Plumbstriped Stingfish, Minous versicolor Ogilby 1910

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Shark Bay, Western Australia, to off the Clarence River, New South Wales. Elsewhere, the species occurs in New Guinea.

Species Citation

Minous versicolor Ogilby 1910, Endeavour Series No. 1 23: 85-139 [originally intended for publication in Proc. R. Soc. Qld] [111]. Type data:  Syntype(s) AM E.2736, 7 miles north-northeast of Bowen, off Cape Gloucester, QLD, 26 fathoms


Bray, D.J. 2019


Australian Faunal Directory

Plumbstriped Stingfish, Minous versicolor Ogilby 1910


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McCulloch, A.R. 1911. Report on the fishes obtained by the F.I.S. Endeavour on the coasts of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Part 1. Zoological (Biological) Results. Endeavour 1(1): 1-87 figs 1-20 pls 1-16

Ogilby, J.D. 1910. On some new fishes from the Queensland coast. Endeavour Series No. 1 23: 85-139

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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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37287021

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:8-90 m

Max Size:11 cm TL

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