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Species: Scorpaena cocosensis, Cocos scorpionfish

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eye large, upper 1/3 with 9 cirri
between eyes - 2 crests separated by deep groove
ridge under eye - 1 small spine
lower front body scales well exposed

Scorpaena cocosensis Motomura, 2004

Cocos scorpionfish

Body relatively slender, depth 37% of SL; head long (48.4% of SL); snout relatively short, 11.1% of SL; eyes large (diameter 17% of SL), upper 1/3 covered by a translucent membrane that has 9 cirri along its lower edge; width between eyes 6.1% of SL; a well developed pair of bony ridges between eyes that diverge at the front and rear and are separated by a narrow, deep channel in the center; no cirri or tentacles between eyes; pit behind eyes shallow, with a distinct front edge and only a few cirri in its center; no pit below eye; uppermost spine on preoperculum without small supplemental spine, second preopercular spine small; longitudinal ridge below eye bearing 1 small spine under center of eye; dorsal rays XII, 8; anal rays III, 5; pectoral rays 22, the uppermost and lower 16 unbranched and thickened, reaches to level of 3rd soft dorsal ray; longitudinal scale rows 46, pored lateral line scales ~ 25; scales on lower front body well exposed.

Body and head red, mottled with whitish blotches; dark red spots on operculum; pectoral fin red with tip blackish; 2 oblique dark red bars across the soft dorsal fin; tail fin with 2 dark red bars.

Reaches at least 11.8 cm.

Inhabits coralline rubble bottoms.

Depth: 57-91 m.

Cocos Island and the northern Galapagos.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • TEP endemic
  • Multiple oceanic islands endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 11.8
Depth Range Min
  • 57
Depth Range Max
  • 91