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Species: Scorpaena albifimbria, Coral Scorpionfish

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long cirri over eyes
shallow pit behind eyes
D 9.5
dark saddle above pectoral
A base dark
body many skin flaps
pectoral 19-20, reaches past 1st A spine
scales smooth

Scorpaena albifimbria Evermann & Marsh, 1900

Coral Scorpionfish

Head very bony, with numerous spines; spine present behind front nostril; adults with a shallow pit on top of head behind eyes, a pair of spines before that pit; eye moderate; a pair of long cirri at front and over center of eyes; 1st (topmost) preopercular spine the largest, 2nd is small; bone over front of mouth with 2 spines pointing down and forwards; ridge under eye with 3 spines; roof of mouth with teeth on sides but not at center; no slit behind last gill arch; dorsal fin XII, 9.5 (8.5-9.5); anal III,5; pectoral 19-20, with some upper rays branched in adult, fin reaching first anal spine; scales relatively large, smooth; lateral line complete; skin flaps on body along lateral line and below it.

Bright red to pink on a pale background; a large dark saddle above pectoral fin that extends onto spiny dorsal; a brown bar from soft dorsal down to base of anal fin; pectoral whitish to red, sometimes a black outer margin; tail whitish with a red central bar and a red rear edge.

Reaches 9 cm.

Sand and rubble bottoms around reefs.

Depth range: 0-140 m, usually < 10 m.

Bermuda to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • 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
  • 9
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 140