Centrogenys vaigiensis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)
False scorpionfish
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Centrogenyidae (False scorpionfishes)
Max. size:  25 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; brackish; marine; depth range 2 - 10 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Nicobar Islands to New Guinea and northern Australia, north to Ryukyu Islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-11; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 5-5. Description: Characterized by tan or light brown color with strong dark brown mottling; fins marked with dark brown spots, blotches and bands; depth of body 2.5-3.0 in SL; eye diameter about 3.0 in head length; upper jaw extending to level of rear half of eye; fully scaled cheek and opercle (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Occurs inshore (Ref. 7300); on rocky reefs and rubble bottoms in shallow coastal waters. Feeds on small fishes, shrimps, and crabs during the day. Occasionally enters the aquarium trade (Ref. 37107). Also found in brackish estuaries and silty coastal reefs (Ref 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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