Species of Thailand

Tassled scorpionfish

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

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Tassled scorpionfish
Tassled scorpionfish
Tassled scorpionfish

Range Map

Distribution map of Tassled scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis oxycephala in Thailand
  • Similan Islands
  • Surin Islands
  • Tarutao National Marine Park
Range map of Scorpaenopsis oxycephala in Thailand