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Species: Pontinus strigatus, Stalk-eye scorpionfish

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eye small
D: 3rd spine long
red + yellow blotches & dark spots
fins red, D membranes yellow

Pontinus strigatus Heller & Snodgrass, 1903

Stalk-eye scorpionfish

Head large, very bony, with numerous low depressed spines; without pit behind eyes; eye large (~ 31% of head length); snout short, < eye diameter; stalked branched tentacle over eye, large in male; dorsal fin XII, 10, 3rd  spine much longer than others, & last much longer than 11th, last ray attached along its entire length to body by membrane; anal III, 5-6; pectoral fin 17-19 rays, all unbranched; head & body covered with rough scales; lateral line with tubes on scales.

Bright red; belly pink; body, head and fins spotted and blotched with olive brown, those on head smaller.

Size: 8 cm.

Habitat: sandy and rocky bottoms.

Depth: 50-120 m?

Galapagos and Cocos.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Multiple oceanic islands endemic
  • Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 8
Depth Range Min
  • 50
Depth Range Max
  • 120