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Species: Pontinus sierra, Speckled scorpionfish

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eye large
narrow between eyes
D - no elongate spines
bright red, back with green blotches
under head white

Pontinus sierra Gilbert, 1890

Speckled Scorpionfish

Relatively slender, body compressed; head very bony, with númerous spines, large, deep; nape flat; without pit behind eyes; eye large (24-29% of head length); narrow between eyes; uppermost preopercular spine longest; teeth on roof of mouth at sides but not at front; slit present behind last gill arch; 13 gill rakers; dorsal XII, without elongated 2nd or 3rd spines, 8-9 rays; anal III, 5, second spine moderately long; pectoral with longest rays in center, 20 rays, all unbranched; scales rough, present on cheek, behind eye and on chest; lateral line complete, 23-29 scales with tubes.

Head and body bright red; with grey-green to yellow-brown blotches on back; underside of head and inside mouth bright white.

Size: 33 cm.

Habitat: rubble bottoms.

Depth: 48-351m.

Southern Baja to the central Gulf of California to northern Peru.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 33
Depth Range Min
  • 48
Depth Range Max
  • 351