Scorpaena Mystes

Scorpaenidae

Scorpaeniformes

Rocky Reefs, Wrecks, Coral Reefs, Caves, Crevices

2 - 4 pounds

8" - 20"

Pacific Spotted Scorpionfish

Also Known As: Barbfish, Gurnard, Pacific Spotted Scorpionfish, Prickly Hind, Spotted Stone Scorpionfish, Stinging Grouper, Stone Scorpionfish, Sculpin

Pacific Spotted Scorpionfish (Scorpaena Mystes) Description

The Pacific Spotted Scorpionfish is a brown colored fish covered in an array of spines. Its skin seems to be quite rough, allowing it to blend with the rocky reefs and continental shelves. Their dorsal portion is dark brown but their bellies are white. The Pacific Spotted Scorpionfish has a bright red chin and bright red spots that decorate its pectoral fins. One of the best ways to identify a Pacific Spotted Scorpionfish is by the dots on its pectoral fins. It has a cluster of white dots on the black portion of its fin, distinguishing the Pacific Spotted Scorpionfish from other species.

The Pacific Spotted Scorpionfish is also known for the four black-spotted, orange dorsal fins. Its caudal fin appears like a fan, with rounded edges. Another thing to note is that its tail has long stripes that run across the tailfin. Pacific Spotted Scorpionfishes come in all sorts of colors from dark red, brown, and bright orange.

 

Diet and Size

Pacific Spotted Scorpionfish don’t have teeth in their mouth. Rather, they inhale their food. Pacific Spotted Scorpionfish have cavernous mouths and teeth that line their throat. They use the teeth in their throat to grind up bony fishes, squid, and octopi. They also sometimes eat crabs.

The common length of a Pacific Spotted Scorpionfish is around 12 inches (30.4 cm). The smallest adult Pacific Spotted Scorpionfish measured around 8 inches. But the maximum length of one was around 20 inches.

 

Interesting Facts about the Pacific Spotted Scorpionfish

  • Pacific Spotted Scorpionfish are classified as traumatogenic.
    • According to some studies, Pacific Spotted Scorpionfish may be traumatogenic due to their appearance and venom.
  • Pacific Spotted Scorpionfish are known to have white and tasty meat.
    • Fear of fishing for it may be due to the barbs that the fish has.
  • The presence of their venomous spines makes them the most poisonous fish in the ocean.
  • When stung, people will suffer burning pain and swelling at the site where they were stung. The poison i