Yellowspotted Scorpionfish (species: Sebastapistes cyanostigma) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Sebastapistes cyanostigma
Yellowspotted Scorpionfish

©Damaris Torres-Pulliza: Sebastapistes cyanostigma in Pocillipora on the reef crest SE of South Island, Lizard Island Group.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Scorpaeniformes
Family Scorpaenidae
Genus Sebastapistes
Species Sebastapistes cyanostigma



Distinguishing features

Distinctive colouration as shown. Lives within the branches of Pocillopora corals in exposed areas.


  • Up to 8 cm (length according to Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Nilsson, G.E., J.-P.A. Hobbs and S. Ostlund-Nilsson (2007). Tribute to P. L. Lutz: respiratory ecophysiology of coral-reef teleosts, The Journal of Experimental Biology, 210: 1673-1686. LIRS catalog number 1043.
  • Nilsson, G.E., J.-P.A. Hobbs, S. Ostlund-Nilsson and P.L. Munday (2007). Hypoxia tolerance and air-breathing ability correlate with habitat preference in coral-dwelling fishes, Coral Reefs, 26: 241-248. LIRS catalog number 1044.