Stonefish (species: Synanceia verrucosa) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Synanceia verrucosa

©Lyle Vail: Synanceia verrucosa at least 35 cm long on the outer reef slope at Day Reef near Lizard Island.

©janetsclough: Synanceia verrucosa on the inner side of Ribbon Reef 10.

©Alex Vail: Stonefish at Snake Pit near Lizard Island, 20 metres, February 2012
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Scorpaeniformes
Family Synanceiidae
Genus Synanceia
Species Synanceia verrucosa



Distinguishing features

An extremely well-camouflaged bottom-dwelling fish up to 40 cm long. Eyes are well separated with a deep depression between them and the mouth opens almost vertically. Colour is variable. Fin spines are extremely venomoous.


  • Up to 40 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • rarely fatal - Extremely venomous spines