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Species of Thailand

Tassled scorpionfish

Binomial name: Scorpaenopsis oxycephala, Pieter Bleeker, 1849

The tasseled scorpionfish, or Small-scaled scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis oxycephala, is a carnivorous ray-finned fish with venomous spines that lives in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It can reach a maximum length of 36 cm and can vary considerably in color. Adults are bearded with a number of tassels below the jaw.

They inhabit reef slopes from only 1 to 35 meters. When in shallow waters, swimmers may accidentally tread on them which may cause painful injury from the venomous spines.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Scorpaeniformes
Family
Scorpaenidae
Genus
Scorpaenopsis
Species
Scorpaenopsis oxycephala

Range map of Scorpaenopsis oxycephala in Thailand

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Special thanks to Ton Smits and Parinya Pawangkhanant for their help with many range data.

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