IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: scorpionfish (English), rascacio (Espanol), lapón (Espanol), pez-escorpión (Espanol)
Pontinus furcirhinus Garman, 1899

Pez-escorpión rojo,     Lapón rojo,     Rascacio richichi

Relatively slender, body compressed; head compressed, very bony, with numerous spines; nape flat; without pit behind eye; eye large (24-32% of head length); eye cirrus slender and pointed (when present); uppermost preopercular spine longest; teeth on roof of mouth at sides but not at front; slit present behind last gill arch; 13 gill rakers; dorsal XII, 3rd  much longer than others, 2nd  not elongate, 8-9 rays,  last divided to its base, not attached to body; anal III,4; pectoral with longest rays in center, 17-19 rays, all unbranched; scales rough, present on cheek, behind eye and on chest; lateral line complete, 24-29 scales with tubes.

Red; dark brown and olive spotting on upper body and on dorsal and tail fins; a few dark spots on pectoral.

Size: 25 cm.

Habitat: hard and soft bottoms.

Depth: 50-390 m.

Southern Baja and the western and lower eastern Gulf of California to Peru; Cocos


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