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Species: Neomerinthe beanorum, Spotwing Scorpionfish

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no pit behind eyes
ridge under eye - 3 spines
D 9.5
scales rough
snout 0.7-1.3 x eye
pectoral - central rays longest, upper rays branched
40-45 rows scales above LL

Neomerinthe beanorum (Evermann & Marsh, 1900)

Spotwing Scorpionfish

Elongate, robust body; snout 70-130% of eye diameter; bone bearing nostrils with 2 down-pointing spines on its lower edge before eye, and another side-pointing spine on its side at rear; bony ridge under and behind eye with 3 spines; teeth on sides of roof of mouth; 1st preopercular spine is the longest; pectoral fin wedge-shaped, 16-18, usually 17 rays, longest rays in center, rays 3-9 branched at tip in adults; dorsal fin XII, 9.5 (rarely 8.5 or 10.5) rays (last is split to base and counted as 1.5); body scales rough, 40-45 longitudinal rows above lateral line; lateral line extends to tail fin.

Upper body mottled red and brown; pectoral fin with elongate dark spots; middle of spiny dorsal dark; soft dorsal and upper tail spotted.

Reaches 19.5 cm.

Lives on hard bottoms.

Depth range: 90-375 m.

The Gulf of Mexico, the Bahamas and Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 19.5
Depth Range Min
  • 90
Depth Range Max
  • 375