tasseled scorpionfish

Scientific name Scorpaenopsis oxycephala
Descriptor Bleeker
Year of description 1849
IUCN category (World) LC
Family Scorpaenidae
Genus Scorpaenopsis
Scorpaenopsis oxycephala Scorpaenopsis oxycephala


Scorpaenopsis oxycephala, commonly known as tasseled scorpionfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


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

How to recognize the tasseled scorpionfish ?

The tasseled scorpionfish measures between 30 and 36 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly rouge and marron body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The tasseled 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 tasseled scorpionfish is a fish solitary 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 tasseled 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 tasseled scorpionfish 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 - 35 m
  • Flow
    Medium, Slow and Stagnant

Biotope presentation

The tasseled scorpionfish is most often found at a depth between 1m and 35m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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