Coral Perch, Parascorpaena moultoni (Whitley 1961)

Holotype of Parascorpaena moultoni. Source: Mark Allen / Australian Museum. License: All rights reserved

In Australia, this species has previously been regarded as a junior synonym of Parascorpaena mcadamsi.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Parascorpaena moultoni in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Jun 2024,

Coral Perch, Parascorpaena moultoni (Whitley 1961)

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Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and off Cape Melville to One Tree Island, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Ryukyu Islands, southern Japan, and New Caledonia. 


Previously considered to be a junior synonym of Parascorpaena mcadamsi. Validity confirmed by Motomura (2011).

Similar Species

Differs from the Ocellate Scorpionfish, Parascorpaana mcadamsi in having two suborbital spines (vs three spines in P. mcadamsi).


The species is named in honour of Professor J. M. Moulton.

Species Citation

Scorpaena moultoni Whitley 1961, North Queensland Naturalist 29(127): 9, fig. 1. Type locality: north of Wilson Island, Capricorn Group, Queensland.


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Coral Perch, Parascorpaena moultoni (Whitley 1961)


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. (in part as Parascorpaena mcadamsi)

Fricke, R., Kulbicki, M. &  Wantiez , L. 2011. Checklist of the fishes of New Caledonia, and their distribution in the Southwest Pacific Ocean (Pisces). Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde A, Neue Serie. 4: 341-463

Motomura, H., P. Béarez & R. Causse. 2011. Review of Indo-Pacific specimens of the subfamily Scorpaeninae (Scorpaenidae), deposited in the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, with description of a new species of Neomerinthe. Cybium 35(1): 55-73. See ref. online, open access

Motomura, H. & Matsuura, K. 2016. Parascorpaena moultoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T79800116A79800118. Downloaded on 19 March 2017.

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. (in part as Parascorpaena mcadamsi

Whitley, G.P. 1961. A new scorpion fish from Queensland. North Queensland Naturalist 29(127): 9-10 fig. 1

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CAAB Code:37287070

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:1-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:5 cm SL

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