Scorpaenopsis diabolus

Scientific name Scorpaenopsis diabolus
Descriptor Cuvier
Year of description 1829
IUCN category LC
Family Scorpaenidae
Genus Scorpaenopsis
Scorpaenopsis diabolus Scorpaenopsis diabolus


Scorpaenopsis diabolus is a salt water fish.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    30 cm
  • Shape
  • Mimicry
  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    30 cm
  • Shape
  • Mimicry

How to recognize Scorpaenopsis diabolus ?

Scorpaenopsis diabolus measures between 25 and 30 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly rouge and blanc body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living as a couple or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Scorpaenopsis diabolus hunts in the stalk and is one of the predators of its biotope. Opportunistic, it does not hesitate to attack any smaller animal nearby.

Scorpaenopsis diabolus is a fish living as a couple or alone naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous . This fish lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark.

Scorpaenopsis diabolus is a territorial animal that does not tolerate any incursions into its living area. It is particularly virulent against other territorial species and it can provoke heated fights.


  • Migratory species

Scorpaenopsis diabolus is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Risks for humans

  • Venomous

This species is venomous and can cause serious injuries when touched.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    22 - 26 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 70 m
  • Flow
    Medium, Slow and Stagnant

Biotope presentation

Scorpaenopsis diabolus is most often found at a depth between 1m and 70m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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