Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Order: Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads)
Family: Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes)

Genus/species: Sebastapistes cyanostigma


GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: large head, relatively smooth skin,spotted, usually yellow and white on a pinkish red background. No dark bars on underside of head. Common length : 6.4 cm or 2.5 inches.

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT:Tropical, Indo-Pacific. Typically found among the branches of Pocillopora corals in surge areas of seaward reefs. Also observed between the branches of the fire coral.

DIET IN THE WILD: Crustaceans and small fishes.


REMARKS: A master of camouflage, this small fish hide among corals, changing colors to match its background. A viewer of the Fire Coral Tank where this little fish resides may look directly at the fish and still not see it. A true scorpionfish, it uses the sharp venomous spines on its back for protection.


Venoms Cluster

Fire Coral exhibit, PR24


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