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Bearded scorpionfishes, Scorpaenopsis barbata (Rüppell, 1838), reach 22 cm in length and they have 12 dorsal spinesexternal link, 9 dorsal soft rays, 3 anal spines, 5 anal soft rays, and 24 vertebraeexternal link. The bearded scorpionfish's body is heavily pigmented dark brown or reddish brown, mottled with whitish and blackish blotches; often with a dark brown bar extending ventrally from posterior half of eye and broadening onto lower cheek. Dorsal, anal, and pelvic spines can bear venom gland.
Scorpionfish, in general is well camouflage especially when they are resting on coral rubbles and/or next to corals. Their colors varies with patches that makes them camouflage easily with their surrounding. The Bearded Sccorpionfish has nice appendages in the face, below the mouth.
Spotted on Feb 10, 2015
Submitted on Feb 23, 2015