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Sydney Scorpionfish

 
Introduction:
Small fish, has 12 venomous dorsal fin spines and mottled reddish colouration.
Identification:
A small fish that superficially looks similar to the Red Rockcod. It has 12 venomous dorsal fin spines and mottled reddish colouration. Body size up to 3.8 cm.
Max. Size: 3.8 cm.
Distribution: Sydney
Habitat: Course gravelly, sand bottom.
Biology:
Very little is known about this fish. Only two specimens are currently known and both were collected in Chowder Bay, Sydney Harbour, on 24 May 2001. It is rarely encountered, but like other scorpionfishes the dorsal spines are probably venomous.
Other Common Names:
Family: Scorpaenidae
Genus: Scorpaenopsis
Species: insperatus