Parascorpaena aurita, Ningaloo Reef, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Parascorpaena aurita, southern Coral Sea, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Small, with proportionally large head and radiating stripes on the outer eye. P. picta and Sebastapistes strongia (Barchin Scorpionfish) also have stripes on the outer eye and are both very similar, but have slightly more rounded and shorter snouts. Difficult to identify in the field.
Max Size: 5 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 20.2-30.4°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef, Soft sediment
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (2% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.