papuan scorpionfish

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

Introduction

Scorpaenopsis papuensis, commonly known as papuan scorpionfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

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

How to recognize the papuan scorpionfish ?

The papuan scorpionfish measures between 20 and 25 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly rouge, marron and blanc body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    carnivorous
  • Sociability
    solitary
  • territorial
    Yes
  • Way of living
    nocturnal

The papuan 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 papuan 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 papuan 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

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

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

Risks for humans

  • Venomous
    Yes

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 - 95 m
  • Flow
    Medium, Slow and Stagnant

Biotope presentation

The papuan scorpionfish is most often found at a depth between 1m and 95m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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