Scorpaena calcarata

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
ScorpaenidaeScorpaena calcarataGoode and Bean1882Smoothhead Scorpionfish

Note: All Scorpaena — Dorsal-fin spines almost always 12. Palatine teeth present. First preopercular spine longest, not counting accessory spine at base of first spine. Soft dorsal fin rays 10 1/2 or fewer (usually 8 1/2 or 9 1/2). Scales on body cycloid (smooth to touch).

Scorpaena calcarata

Unique Characters: Two preorbital spines on ventral margin of lacrimal bone. No occipital pit at top of head. Supplemental preopercular spine absent.

Similar Species: None