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Painted scorpionfish
Parascorpaena picta
Family Scorpaenidae
updated Dec 13
Where seen? This rather grumpy-looking fish with bulging eyes is sometimes seen, especially on our southern shores, on coral rubble areas near reefs and/or seagrass meadows.

Features: About 10cm long, to 17cm. Large eyes that bulge out of the head. Wide mouth on a large head. Dorsal fin starts well behind the eyes. There are skin flaps and tentacles on the head and body. The dorsal fin has 12 spines.

Sometimes mistaken for a stonefish (Family Synanceiidae) or the False scorpionfish (Centrogenys vaigiensis), a grouper, which looks very similar. Here's more on how to tell apart fishes that look like stones.

Tanah Merah, Jul 11

Sentosa, Jan 06

Tanah Merah, Aug 09

Sisters Island, Dec 05

Painted scorpionfishes on Singapore shores

Photos of Painted scorpionfishes for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Pulau Tekukor, May 10
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.

Labrador, Jun 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his flickr

Lazarus, Jun 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his

Pulau Senang, Aug 10|

Pulau Senang, Jun 10|

East Coast Park, Jun 15
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

  • Allen, Gerry, 2000. Marine Fishes of South-East Asia: A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Periplus Editions. 292 pp.
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