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  Common names: scorpionfish (English), lapón (Espanol), rascacio (Espanol)
Scorpaena guttata Girard, 1854

Californian scorpionfish,     Spotted scorpionfish

Head large, depressed, spiny; nape concave; deep depression before eye and another behind eye; ridge below eye normally without spines, but sometimes with 2-3 spines; teeth on sides and front of roof of mouth; no skin flaps on head or body; 15-19 gill rakers; dorsal XII, 9; pectoral 17-19 rays, upper rays branched, lower rays thickended, unbranched; anal III, 5; scales smooth, 24-26 on lateral line; 73-86 vertical rows of scales.

Body, head and fins red-brown; body densely covered with dark brown and black spots; fins with large dark spots, those on dorsal fin in 2-3 rows.

Size: 47 cm.

Habitat: rocky, sandy and rubble bottoms.

Depth: 1-183 m.

California to lower Baja, with an isolated population in the Gulf of California.


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