Scientific Name
Rhinopias frondosa  
Rhinopias frondosa前鰭吻鮋
by: ©Randall, John E.
Author (Günther, 1892) Depth - M
Chinese 前鰭吻鮋 Poisonous Fish Yes 
Family_Chinese 鮋科 Economic Fish No 
Family F304 Scorpaenidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 前鰭吻鮋 
Max Length 23 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 石狗公、石虎、石頭魚、虎魚(臺東) 
Distribution in World   Distribution in Taiwan East 
Habitats   Holotype Locality Mauritius [Mascarenes, southwestern Indian Ocean] 
Synonyms Peoropsis frondosus, Scorpaena frondosa   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)  Günther, A. 1892 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List FRIP22292.  
Common Name Popeyed scorpionfish; Weedy scorpionfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Dorsal fin with XII spines and 9 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 5 soft rays. Highly variable in color and in appendages in relation to habitat. Covered with appendages on algae reefs, but plain when deep with sponges. Body highly compressed and covered with weed-like tassels.
habitats Rare species. Found in rich soft-bottom habitats in current prone channels; also in rocky or coralline habitats near algae where it camouflages itself. Hunts prey at night like other species of scorpaenids, feeding on fish and small invertebrates. 
Distribution Indo-West Pacific: East Africa to the Caroline Islands, Taiwan, north to southern Japan. 
Utility Not commercial food species, aquarium species of it's special appearance. Dangerous with venomous.