Scorpaenodes varipinnis Smith, 1957
Blotchfin scorpionfish
Scorpaenodes varipinnis
photo by Randall, J.E.

 Family:  Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes), subfamily: Scorpaeninae
 Max. size:  13 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 200 m
 Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: East Africa to Micronesia, north to Taiwan, south to Australia.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 5-5. Pored lateral scale counts from Ref. 1602. Description: Characterized by having blotchy red to reddish brown color; caudal peduncle with white bar; basal portion of caudal fin with red bar; pectoral fin base with blackish arc; posterior part of spinous dorsal fin with black blotch; three spines on suborbital ridge; absence of interorbital or coronal spines; depth of body 2.6-3.0 in SL (Ref. 90102).
 Biology:  Found in various reef habitats in shallow coastal lagoons to moderate depths on outer reefs; in sponges (Ref. 48635) and coralline areas (Ref. 2334). Benthic (Ref. 75154).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 12.06.92
 Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.07.13
 Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 17.06.94

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