Parascorpaena auritaGolden Scorpionfish
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 Generalization Index: N/A
Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.
Conservation and Rarity
IUCN Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (2.3% 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.
Edit by: Joe Shields