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Scorpaena plumieri - Spotted Scorpionfish

Scorpaena plumieri - Spotted Scorpionfish Photo courtesy: Geoff Schultz

The spotted scorpionfish is usually a shade of brown with mottled spots and numerous fleshy appendages (cirri) on their head, chin, and above their eyes. These appendages help them blend into their surroundings. They also have 3 dark bars on their tail fin, and the back of their pectoral fins are brightly colored when the fins are spread. Spotted scorpionfish are usually 7 to 14 inches in length and they are typically found lying motionless on coral reefs and various other bottom environments.


Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Western Atlantic: Bermuda, Massachusetts, and northern Gulf of Mexico to southern Brazil. Eastern Atlantic: Ascension and St. Helena.


Habitat
Reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 60 m, usually 5 - 55 m.


Diet
Feeds mostly on other fishes and crustaceans.


Quick Fact
The spotted scorpionfish has an anterolateral glandular groove with a venom gland in the dorsal fin spine.


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