Southern Red Scorpionfish

Scorpaena papillosa (Schneider & Forster, 1801)

A species that can be found in the waters around Tomahawk often hiding under rock ledges or under rocks

Warning:The spines on this species are venomous

How to identify Scorpaena papillosa?

A mottled reddish-brown to brown or blackish scorpionfish, often with a broad white band behind the eye, and a dark margin on the rear of the body scales. This Southern Red Scorpionfish is the only species in the genus Scorpaena with a pair of coronal spines on the interorbital space.

What habitats does Scorpaena papillosa live in?

Can be found on rocky bottoms, in shallow estuaries, in muddy waters as well as other environments, such as in offshore kelp beds and shallow seagrass beds. Juveniles of this species are sometimes found in large rock pools.

What is the distribution of Scorpaena papillosa?

Southeastern Australia including around Tasmania

How big does Scorpaena papillosa grow?

Grows to a maximum length of around 30cm

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