Morphology Data of Scorpaenopsis papuensis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Myers, R.F., 1999
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth

Snout length > orbit diameter. Has a dark purplish blotch on the rear of the spinous dorsal fin (Ref. 37816). Juveniles with large, forward pointing tentacles above the eyes (Ref. 48635). Space on opercle between opercular spines scaled; penultimate dorsal spine 1.9-2.2 in length of last spine; reaches 195 mm SL (rarely over 170 mm) (Ref 42181).

Description: Characterized by generally mottled brown to reddish color, depending on surroundings; single upper opercular spine; relatively long snout, 2.8-3.2 in head length; presence of prominent skin tassels on lower head; long fimbriate tentacle often present above the eye; depth of body 2.7-3.2 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Scorpaenopsis papuensis

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 23 - 24
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series 48 - 55
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 6 - 10
on upper limb 5 - 9


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 12 - 12
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 5 - 5

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   18 - 20
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Pablico, Grace Tolentino
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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