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
scorpionfishes on Singapore shores
photos of painted scorpionfishes on Singapore shores