Yellowspotted Scorpionfish, Sebastapistes cyanostigma (Bleeker 1856)

Other Names: Coral Scorpionfish, Pink and Yellow 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 whitish spots and  large yellow blotches, and yellowish fins. Yellowspotted Scorpionfish usually shelter among branching corals.

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Yellowspotted Scorpionfish, Sebastapistes cyanostigma (Bleeker 1856)

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Offshore reefs of north Western Australia, Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, and the far northern Great Barrier Reef and reefs in the Coral Sea, to off North Stradbroke Island, Queensland; also at Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the Indo-west-central Pacific. 
Inhabits areas with rich coral growth where it shelters 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.


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Yellowspotted Scorpionfish, Sebastapistes cyanostigma (Bleeker 1856)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37287087

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:2-30 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:7 cm TL

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