flasher scorpionfish

Scientific name Scorpaenopsis macrochir
Descriptor Ogilby
Year of description 1910
IUCN category LC
Family Scorpaenidae
Genus Scorpaenopsis
Scorpaenopsis macrochir Scorpaenopsis macrochir


Scorpaenopsis macrochir, commonly known as flasher scorpionfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    10 cm
  • Maximum size
    15 cm
  • Shape
  • Mimicry
  • Average size
    10 cm
  • Maximum size
    15 cm
  • Shape
  • Mimicry

How to recognize the flasher scorpionfish ?

The flasher scorpionfish measures between 10 and 15 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly rouge and marron body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

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

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

The flasher scorpionfish 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.

The flasher scorpionfish 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.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The flasher scorpionfish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    22 - 26 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 80 m
  • Flow
    Medium, Slow and Stagnant

Biotope presentation

The flasher scorpionfish is most often found at a depth between 1m and 80m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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