By Bob Goemans
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 Parascorpaena picta (Northern Scorpionfish)

Parascorpaena picta
(Cuvier, 1829)

Northern Scorpionfish

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Not Suitable for Fish-Only Tank


These fishes belong in the Order Scorpaeniformes and Suborder Scorpaenoidei as members of the Family Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes) consisting of 11 Subfamilies, 45 genera, and 388+ species.

These are bottom dwelling fishes that use camouflage to capture their prey. Very few interest hobbyists, as they require an environment tuned to their needs. And since they eat many of the crustaceans and fishes that interest reef keepers and some of them are highly poisonous, few hobbyists have interest in this family of fishes. Probably those in the genus Scorpaena have the most interest.

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