Scorpaenopsis papuensis

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


Scorpaenopsis papuensis is a salt water fish.

Who is it?


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

How to recognize Scorpaenopsis papuensis ?

Scorpaenopsis papuensis measures between 20 and 25 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly rouge, marron and blanc body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Scorpaenopsis papuensis 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 papuensis 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.

Scorpaenopsis papuensis 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 papuensis 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 - 50 m
  • Flow
    Medium, Slow and Stagnant

Biotope presentation

Scorpaenopsis papuensis is most often found at a depth between 1m and 50m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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