Scorpaenopsis venosa

Raggy Scorpionfish
Scorpaenopsis venosa
Scorpaenopsis venosa, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Scorpaenopsis venosa
Scorpaenopsis venosa, Flores, Indonesia
Scorpaenopsis venosa
Scorpaenopsis venosa, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Andrew Green
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Scorpaenopsis venosa
Scorpaenopsis venosa
Scorpaenopsis venosa


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Covered in skin folds and tentacles, dark triangle beneath eye. Well camouflaged with blotches and body colour differing depending on surrounding substrate. Difficult to distinguish from other Scorpaenopsis species in the field. Length to 25cm.


Max Size: 25 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 17.3-31.8°C

Depth: 2-95m

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: Rare (0.9% 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