Scorpaenodes albaiensis (Evermann & Seale, 1907)
Longfingered scorpionfish
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes), subfamily: Scorpaeninae
Max. size:  12 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 20 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: East Africa to the western Pacific (Ref. 27362). Recently recorded from Tonga (Ref. 53797).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 5-5. Description: Characterized by mottled reddish-brown color; lower gill cover with large dark spot; deeply notched dorsal fin; strongly projecting lower jaw; absence of nasal spine; supraocular tentacle present or absent; relatively slender body, depth 3.3-3.7 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Rare species (Ref. 4313). Very secretive in coastal coral reefs and rarely seen by divers, even at night (Ref. 48635). Solitary (Ref 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 04 March 2015 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  venomous
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 10.02.93
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 21.04.15
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 31.08.94

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