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Scorpaenopsis possi Poss's scorpionfish, Poss' Scorpionfish

Scorpaenopsis possiis commonly referred to as Poss's scorpionfish, Poss' Scorpionfish. Difficulty in the aquarium: Only for advanced aquarists. A aquarium size of at least 2000 Liter is recommended. Toxicity: Toxic.

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Scorpaenopsis possi 
Poss's Skorpionsfisch, Kronen-Drachenkopf 
Poss's Scorpionfish, Poss' Scorpionfish 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Scorpaeniformes (Order) > Scorpaenidae (Family) > Scorpaenopsis (Genus) > possi (Species) 
Initial determination:
Randall & Eschmeyer, 2001 
Eritrea, Sudan, Djibouti, (the) Maldives, American Samoa, Cebu ((Philippines), Chesterfield Islands, China, Christmas Islands, Comores, Cook Islands, Coral reefs, Coral sea, Corea, East Africa, Egypt, Fiji, Flores, French Polynesia, Gilbert Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Guam, India, Indian Ocean, Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesser Sunda Islands, Madagascar, Malaysia, Marquesas Islands, Mauritius, Mayotte, Micronesia, Moorea, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua, Papua New Guinea, Paracel-Islands, Philippines, Pitcairn Islands, Queensland (Australia), Raja Amat, Red Sea, Rocky reefs, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South China Sea, South-Africa, South-Pazific, Spratly Islands, Sulu Sea , Sumatra, Tahiti, Taiwan, Tansania, Thailand, The Chagos Archipelago (the Chagos Islands), the Seychelles, the Society Islands, Timor, Timor Sea, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, West Papua , Yemen 
Sea depth:
0 - 55 Meter 
19,4 cm 
77.72 °F - 30,6 °F (25.4°C - 30,6°C) 
Fish (little fishes), Krill, Mysis, Predatory, Schrimps 
439.96 gal (~ 2000L) 
Only for advanced aquarists 
Not available as offspring 
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Least concern (LC)  
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
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Last edit:
2020-06-09 20:26:49 


Scorpaenopsis possi is (very) poisonous and the poison can kill you under circumstances!!!
If you want to keep Scorpaenopsis possi, inform yourself about the poison and its effects before buying. Keep a note with the telephone number of the poison emergency call and all necessary information about the animal next to your aquarium so that you can be helped quickly in an emergency.
The telephone numbers of the poison emergency call can be found here:
Overview Worldwide:

This message appears for poisonous, very poisonous and also animals whose poison can kill you immediately. Every human reacts differently to poisons. Please therefore weigh the risk for yourself AND your environment very carefully, and never act lightly!


Scorpaenopsis possi is a very common scorpion fish, but most divers and snorkelers will not necessarily have identified it as Scorpaenopsis possi due to its similarity to other scorpion fish.
A reliable indication of Scorpaenopsis possi is a white patch under and in front of the eye, and on a dark triangular patch under the eye.

As this scorpion fish also lives in very shallow waters, we recommend all bathers to use good bathing shoes to avoid stings of this fish.

Unfortunately we do not have access to the first determination of this scorpionfish "Revision of the Indo-Pacific scorpionfish genus Scopaenopsis, with descriptions of eight new species".

In this paper the following species were described:
Scorpaenopsis longispina Randall & Eschmeyer, 2001
Scorpaenopsis obtusa Randall & Eschmeyer, 2001
Scorpaenopsis orientalis Randall & Eschmeyer, 2001
Scorpaenopsis pluralis Randall & Eschmeyer, 2001
Scorpaenopsis possi Randall & Eschmeyer, 2001
Scorpaenopsis pusilla Randall & Eschmeyer, 2001
Scorpaenopsis ramaraoi Randall & Eschmeyer, 2001
Scorpaenopsis vittapinna Randall & Eschmeyer, 2001

The scorpion fish would be named in honor of S. G. Poss

External links

  1. FishBase (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  2. Fishes of Australia (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  3. Flickr Homepage Rafi Amar (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  4. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  5. Reef Life Survey (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  6. World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.




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