Scorpaena notata

Small red scorpionfish
Scorpaena notata
Scorpaena notata, Naples, Italy, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Scorpaena notata
Scorpaena notata, Marseille, France, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Scorpaena notata
Scorpaena notata




One of the more difficult to identify among a number of similar species in the region. Lacks distinct filaments under the chin, as present on S. maderensis. Filaments above the eye are sometimes present, but not as large as on S. porcus. The scales on the body are relatively large, and clearly bigger than on S. porcus. Generally lacks distinct bars on the tail, and is most often found deeper than 10 m.


Max Size: 24 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 11.2-29.5°C

Depth: 10 - 50 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 4.31

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: Common (21.5% 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: Few (2 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.