Scorpaenopsis neglecta

Yellowfin Scorpionfish
Scorpaenopsis neglecta
Scorpaenopsis neglecta, Japan, Photo: Graham Edgar
Scorpaenopsis neglecta
Scorpaenopsis neglecta, Japan, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Scorpaenopsis neglecta
Scorpaenopsis neglecta


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Well camouflaged, with blotches and body colour differing to match surrounding substrate. Humpbacked body profile but with less pronounced hump than the false stonefish (Scorpaenopsis diabolus), generally with yellow tinge to opercle, dark red band across tail, eye with outer series of tubercles. Length to 17 cm.


Max Size: 19 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 15.3-31.1°C

Depth: 1-70m

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: Common (40% 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