Scorpaenopsis possi

Poss Scorpionfish
Scorpaenopsis possi
Scorpaenopsis possi, Flores, Indonesia
Scorpaenopsis possi
Scorpaenopsis possi, Moorea Island, Tahiti
Scorpaenopsis possi
Scorpaenopsis possi, Torres Strait, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
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Scorpaenopsis possi
Scorpaenopsis possi
Scorpaenopsis possi


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Difficult to distinguish from other Scorpaenopsis species in the field, but with shorter and finer tassels below mouth, large scales (43-50 along lateral line). Often with a white patch below and in front of eye, and a dark triangular patch below eye. Length to 19 cm.


Max Size: 19 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 26-30.6°C

Depth: 1-40m

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 (1.2% 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: Few (2 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields