IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: scorpionfish (English), pez-escorpión (Espanol), rascacio (Espanol)
Pontinus clemensi Fitch, 1955

Mottled scorpionfish,     Spotted scorpionfish

Head very bony, with numerous spines, large, deep; nape flat; without pit behind eye; eye large (22-30% of head length); uppermost preopercular spine longest; teeth on roof of mouth at sides but not at front; slit present behind last gill arch; 13 gill rakers; dorsal XII, 2nd  and 3rd  dorsal spines equally long, much longer than other spines 9; anal III, 5; pectoral with longest rays in center, 19 rays, all unbranched; scales rough, present on cheek, behind eye and on chest; lateral line complete, 27-31 scales with tubes.

Head, body and fins pink; yellow-orange coloring: along top jaw, a stripe from eye to tip of top jaw, a blotch on lower cheek, a blotch behind eye, a blotch on back above pectoral; 2 red blotches on upper back, another on upper tail base; small, dense, irregular blackish spots on upper 2/3 of head and body, and all fins; spinous dorsal pink, with white base and outer band of yellow, spine tips pink; a few small yellow spots on base of pectoral.

Size: 56 cm.

Habitat: sandy bottoms.

Depth: 50-110 m.

Colombia to northern Peru, Cocos, Malpelo and the Galapagos.


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