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Species Information: Scorpaena guttata

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SCORPAENIFORMES - SCORPAENIDAE - SCORPAENA - SCORPAENA GUTTATA

deep depressions before & after eyes
 
red brown

body & fins dense dark spots
 
 
Scorpaena guttata
ridge under eye - usually no spines
 
   


Scorpaena guttata - Map
Scorpaena guttata Map

Scorpaena guttata - Details
Scorpaena guttata Girard, 1854

Californian scorpionfish,     Spotted scorpionfish

Head large, depressed, spiny; nape concave; deep depression before eye and another behind eye; ridge below eye normally without spines, but sometimes with 2-3 spines; teeth on sides and front of roof of mouth; no skin flaps on head or body; 15-19 gill rakers; dorsal XII, 9; pectoral 17-19 rays, upper rays branched, lower rays thickended, unbranched; anal III, 5; scales smooth, 24-26 on lateral line; 73-86 vertical rows of scales.

Body, head and fins red-brown; body densely covered with dark brown and black spots; fins with large dark spots, those on dorsal fin in 2-3 rows.

Size: 47 cm.

Habitat: rocky, sandy and rubble bottoms.

Depth: 1-183 m.

California to lower Baja, with an isolated population in the Gulf of California.


Scorpaena guttata - Data
Size
Length Max: 47cm (S)
 
Habitat
 
Depth
Depth Range Min: 1m (S)
Depth Range Max: 183m (S)
 
Range
Paint Data:
  • Habitat(Area):
  • 144,643.94 sq. km sq km
  • Latitude Limit North:
  • 37
  • Latitude Limit South:
  • 23.39
  • Longtitude Limit West:
  • -122
  • Longtitude Limit East:
  • -106.83
  • Latitudinal(Range):
  • 13.6
  • Longitudinal(Range):
  • 15.17
  • Range Midpoint (lat/long):
  • 30.195 , -114.415
  • Range Polygon Area:
  • 283314 sq km
  • Range Polygon Centroid (lat/long):
  • 27.26, -115.18
     
    Sampling-Point Data:
  • Range Polygon Area :
  • 241265 sq km
  • Range Polygon Centroid (lat/long):
  • 27.65, -115.46
     
    Zoogeography
    Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • TEP non-endemic
  • Regional Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • California province, primarily
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • Residency
  • Resident
  • Climate Zone
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  •  
    Feeding
    Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Diet
  • mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • bony fishes
  •  
    Habitat
    Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Habitat
  • Sand & gravel
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock &/or coral)
  • Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  •  
    Reproduction
    Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  •  
    Conservation status
    IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • CITES
  • Not listed
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