Scientific Name
Scorpaenopsis oxycephala
Scorpaenopsis oxycephala尖頭擬鮋
by: Kuo-Chang Wen
Author (Bleeker, 1849) Depth 1 - 250M
Chinese 尖頭擬鮋 Poisonous Fish Yes 
Family_Chinese 鮋科 Economic Fish No 
Family F304 Scorpaenidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 尖頭擬鮋 
Max Length 36 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 尖頭石狗公、石獅子、虎魚、石崇、石狗公、沙薑虎、石降、過溝仔、臭頭格仔、石頭魚 
Distribution in World   Distribution in Taiwan East、South、North East 
Habitats   Holotype Locality Jakarta [Batavia], Java, Indonesia [Java Sea] 
Synonyms Scorpaena neglecta, Scorpaena oxycephalus, Scorpaenopsis cirrhosa, Scorpaenopsis oxycephalus, Scorpaeopsis oxycephalus   
Reference   Bleeker, P. 1849 
Specimen List ASIZP0060379. ASIZP0060397. BPBMI23115. FRIP21580. FRIP22371. RUSI35027.  
Common Name Smallscale scorpionfish; Tassled scorpionfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Dorsal fin with XII spines and 9 soft rays; anal fin III spines and 5 soft rays. Highly variable in color. Adults 'bearded' with numerous tassels. Juveniles slender with tall dorsal fin. Third dorsal spine longest (2.05-2.5) in head; occipital pit absent or very shallow; snout very long (2.7-3.0 in head length); space between opercular spines naked; first dorsal spine short (1.85-2.5) in length of second spine; supraocular and postocular spines broadly joined in adults (only tip of supraocular spine showing) and flaring outward to form a shelf over posterior half of eye.
habitats Inhabits demersal clear-water outer reef slopes and channels from depths of 1 to at least 35 m, in areas with mixed rock and coral substrates. With venomous spines. Other ecological behaviour is unclear. 
Distribution Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and Sodwana Bay, South Africa to the Mariana Islands, north to Taiwan; Palau and Guam in Micronesia; probably more widespread. Taiwan: it's assumed founded in Taiwan. 
Utility Not commercial food species. Spines with venom.