Yellowspotted Scorpionfish, Sebastapistes cyanostigma (Bleeker 1856)

Other Names: Coral Scorpionfish, Yellow-spotted Scorpionfish

A Yellowspotted scorpionfish, Sebastapistes cyanostigma, at Pangani, Tanga, Tanzania, October 2009. Source: Ken Clifton / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-ShareAlike

A small pinkish to reddish scorpionfish covered in many tiny yellow spots large yellow blotches and yellowish fins. Yellowspotted Scorpionfish live among the branches of Pocillopora corals in the surge zone.

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Yellowspotted Scorpionfish, Sebastapistes cyanostigma (Bleeker 1856)

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Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and from Boot Reef, Coral Sea, to off North Stradbroke Island, Qld; also at Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands in the Indian ocean. Found elsewhere in the Indo-west-central Pacific. 
Inhabits areas with rich coral growth, and usually found among branches of Pocillopora, Millepora and Styllopora corals, often in the surge zone on reef crests.

Species Citation

Scorpaena cyanostigma Bleeker, 1856, Natuur. Tijdschr. Neder. Indië 11: 400. Type locality: Buru Island, Moluccas, (as Boeroe), Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray

Yellowspotted Scorpionfish, Sebastapistes cyanostigma (Bleeker 1856)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37287087

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:2-15 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:7 cm TL

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