Scorpaena lacrimata Randall & Greenfield, 2004
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes), subfamily: Scorpaeninae
Max. size:  19.8 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range - 400 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: Tahiti.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 12-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 5-5. Diagnosis: Dorsal rays XII,9; anal rays Ill,5; pectoral rays 17. Longitudinal scale series 61. Body depth 2.5 in SL; head length (HL) 2.15 in SL; snout length 3.2 in HL; orbit diameter 4.6 in HL; about one-third of orbit extending above dorsal profile of head; interorbital width 7.35 in HL; pair of interorbital ridges curving at front of occipital pit to join tympanic spines; median interorbital ridge extending half way back in interorbital space; occipital pit quadrangular and moderately deep; no coronal spines; no suborbital pit. Suborbital ridge with 4 spines, the first on lacrimal. First dorsal spine 1.8 in second spine; third and fourth dorsal spines longest, equal to second anal spine, 2.35 in HL; eleventh dorsal spine 1.65 in twelfth spine. Supraoccipital tentacle present; small tentacles associated with ventral spines of lacrimal; no tentacles or cutaneous flaps on chin or on body.. One row of small teeth on palatines. Body pale yellowish in alcohol, with scattered small dark brown spots on head, body, and dorsal fin; a short, narrow, dark brown bar extending ventrally from middle of edge of orbit (Ref. 57579).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 04 March 2015 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  venomous
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 16.11.06
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.07.13

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