IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: scorpionfish (English), escorpión (Espanol), lapón (Espanol), rascacio (Espanol)
Scorpaena russula Jordan & Bollman, 1890

Reddish scorpionfish,     Short-spine red scorpionfish

Body relatively slender, depth 30-33% of SL; head very bony, with numerous spines;  snout relatively short, 7-11% of SL; narrow between eyes (width ~ 4% of SL); no ridges or weak ridges between eyes; between eyes flat, covered with many small cirri and usually with large tentacles on rear base of spine above rear of eye; pit behind eye a slight depression with a front edge, with many cirri; longitudinal ridge under eye with 2-3 small spines; top preopercular spine the longest, 2nd  spine very reduced; roof of mouth with teeth on sides; no slit behind last gill arch; no skin flaps on body; dorsal rays XII, 9; anal rays III, 5; pectoral rays 20-22, the lower 14 rays unbranched and thickened; scales relatively large, smooth on body; lateral line complete; with tubes on scales; 24-25 lateral line scales, 43-49 vertical rows; scales on lower front body imbedded, not well exposed.

Mottled red and brown; pectoral fins with blackish tip; 3-4 irregular rows of small spots on soft dorsal.

Reported to at least 13 cm.

Inhabits sand-rubble bottoms.

Depth: 7-160 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to northern Peru, Cocos and Malpelo.


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