Scientific Name
Scorpaenodes varipinnis  
Scorpaenodes varipinnis花翅小鮋
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Smith, 1957 Depth 0 - 200M
Chinese 花翅小鮋 Poisonous Fish Yes 
Family_Chinese 鮋科 Economic Fish No 
Family F304 Scorpaenidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 花翅小鮋 
Max Length 7.5 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 石狗公、石頭魚 
Distribution in World   Distribution in Taiwan South、LanI Is.、Tung Sa IS. 
Habitats   Holotype Locality  
Synonyms Scorpaenodes varipinis   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)  Smith, J. L. B. 1957 Masuda, H., K. Amaoka, C. Araga, T. Uyeno, etc. 1984 Randall, J. E., G. R. Allen etc. 1990 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Shinohara, G. 1998 
Specimen List ASIZP0057368. ASIZP0058504. ASIZP0058505. ASIZP0061384. ASIZP0072477. ASIZP0805163. ASIZP0915167. BPBMI23386. BPBMI23424. NMMBP03140. NMMBP08581. NMMSTP00224. RUSI34990. RUSI35679. USNM00224555. USNM00224562. USNM00361020. USNM00361023. USNM00361046.  
Common Name Blotchfin scorpionfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Dorsal fin with XIII spines and 8 soft rays; anal fin with III spines 5 soft rays; pectoral fin with 17-18 soft rays; lateral-scale series 38-40. This species with varied color; dark body with reddish blotch. Pelvic fin yellow with black spot; pectoral fin with black triangler; dorsal fin with a black blotch in 9th-12th spine membrance and these are distinguishable charactor. Small, very cryptic scorpion fish. Identified by red blotches on head and fins, white blotches on head and along the sides, light ring at the tail basis.
habitats Inhabit reef-associated marine environment, depth 0-200m, Found in various reef habitats in shallow coastal lagoons to moderate depths on outer reefs; in sponges and coralline areas. Maximum size is 13cm. 
Distribution Indo-West Pacific: East Africa to Micronesia, north to Taiwan, south to Australia. Taiwan: soutn Taiwan and Orchid island. 
Utility Not commercial food species, edible. Spines with venom.