Scorpaena agassizii Goode & Bean, 1896
Longfin scorpionfish
Scorpaena agassizii
photo by JAMARC

Family:  Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes), subfamily: Scorpaeninae
Max. size:  20 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 46 - 275 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: North Carolina, USA and northern Gulf of Mexico to northern South America.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 12-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 5-5. Occipital pit present; two spines on a part of preorbital overlapping maxilla; supplemental preopercular spine present; no dark spot on inner basal part of pectoral fin; eye large, 1.5-2.2 times of snout length; pectoral fin long reaching end of anal fin in adults (Ref. 13608).
Biology:  Inhabits offshore waters. Found on soft bottom.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 21 August 2012 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  venomous
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.07.13
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 29.08.94

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