Morphology Data of Scorpaenopsis obtusa
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E and W.N. Eschmeyer, 2001
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral short and / or deep
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Snout very short, about equal to orbit diameter. Ascending process of premaxilla extending into interorbital space. Body depth of adults 2.0-2.2 in SL. Longitudinal scale series 37-39 (Ref 42181).

Description: Characterized by variable coloration, usually matching surrounding substrate; double upper opercular spine; highly arched nape and anterior body, humpback appearance; broad interorbital 4.1-4.2 in head length; deep occipital pit (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Scorpaenopsis obtusa

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 20 - 21
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series 37 - 39
Scale rows above lateral line 5 - 5
Scale rows below lateral line 11 - 12
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 13
total 24


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 12 - 12
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 5 - 5

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   18 - 19
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Yap, Sheryl
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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