Painted Scorpionfish (species: Parascorpaena picta) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Parascorpaena picta
Painted Scorpionfish

©Damaris Torres-Pulliza: Parascorpaena picta from Lizard Island lagoon.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Scorpaeniformes
Family Scorpaenidae
Genus Parascorpaena
Species Parascorpaena picta

Distinguishing features

No suborbital spine below the eye and 17-18 pectoral fin rays (these characters separate both P. aurita and P. picta from all congeners). First and second suborbital ridges are fused, forming a single ridge (separated in P. picta). (Motomura et al, 2009).


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



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Web resources


  • Motomura, H., Y. Sakurai, H. Senou and H.-C. Ho (2009). Morphological comparisons of the Indo-West Pacific scorpionfish, Parascorpaena aurita, with a closely related species, P. picta, with first records of P. aurita from East Asia (Scorpaeniformes: Scorpaenidae). Zootaxa, 2191(41-57). LIRS catalog number 90431.