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Updated 3/16/2014

Family Scorpaenidae

Scorpionfishes & Rockfishes

Scorpionfishes have venomous fin spines capable of inflicting serious or fatal wounds.   Fortunately the most dangerous species do not occur in Hawaii and injuries can be avoided by not standing on or touching the reef.  Injuries should be treated quickly by soaking the affected area in hot water.  They are ambush predators of small fish and crustaceans, sitting motionless until prey blunders into range.  Small species emerge at night to feed displaying a strikingly different color pattern.  Rockfishes are temperate species that don't appear prickly or stone-like.  These commercially- important fish are slow-growing, threatened by overfishing and habitat destruction by trawl nets.

 

HAWAII

Dendrochirus barberi endemic.gif (1686 bytes)

HAWAIIAN or GREEN LIONFISH

 

Pterois sphex  endemic.gif (1686 bytes)

HAWAIIAN TURKEYFISH

 

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TITAN SCORPIONFISH

 

 

Scorpaenopsis diabolus

DEVIL SCORPIONFISH

 

Scorpaenopsis brevifrons  endemic.gif (1686 bytes)

SHORTSNOUT SCORPIONFISH

 

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BALLIEU'S or SPOTFIN SCORPIONFISH

 

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SPECKLED SCORPIONFISH

 

 

Taenianotus triacanthus

LEAF SCORPIONFISH

 

Iracundus signifer

DECOY SCORPIONFISH

 

Rhinopias xenops

HIGH-EYE SCORPIONFISH or HAWAIIAN RHINOPIAS

 

Sebastapistes fowleri

DWARF SCORPIONFISH

 

Scorpaenodes kelloggi

KELLOGG'S SCORPIONFISH

Scorpaenodes corallinus

CORAL SCORPIONFISH

 

Scorpaenodes parvipinnis

LOWFIN SCORPIONFISH

 

Scorpaenodes evides

CHEEKSPOT SCORPIONFISH

 


INDO-PACIFIC

Pterois volitans

LIONFISH or TURKEYFISH

 
Dendrochirus zebra

ZEBRA LIONFISH

 

Dendrochirus brachypterus

SHORTFIN LIONFISH

 

Synanceia verrucosa

STONEFISH

 

Rhinopias eschmeyeri

ESCHMEYER'S SCORPIONFISH

 

Inimicus didactylus

BEARDED GHOUL or SPINY DEVILFISH

 


JAPAN

Sebastiscus marmoratus

MARBLED ROCKFISH    Kasago

 

Sebastes inermis

DARK-BANDED ROCKFISH     Mebaru

Pterois lunulata

JAPANESE LIONFISH    Minokasago

 

 

EASTERN PACIFIC

Scorpaena guttata

SPOTTED SCORPIONFISH

 

Scorpaenodes plumieri mystes

STONE SCORPIONFISH

 

Scorpaenodes xyris

RAINBOW SCORPIONFISH

 


NORTHEAST PACIFIC

Sebastes atrovirens

KELP ROCKFISH

 

Sebastes emphaeus

PUGET SOUND ROCKFISH

 

Sebastes melanops

BLACK ROCKFISH

 

Sebastes mystinus

BLUE ROCKFISH

 

Sebastes caurinus

COPPER ROCKFISH