The tasseled scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis oxycephala) is a carnivorous ray-finned fish with venomous spines that lives in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Short description - Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 5. Highly variable in color. Adults 'bearded' with numerous tassels. Juveniles slender with tall dorsal fin (Ref. 48635). Third dorsal spine longest (2.05-2.5) in head; occipital pit absent or very shallow; snout very long (2.7-3.0 in head length); space between opercular spines naked; first dorsal spine short (1.85-2.5) in length of second spine; supraocular and postocular spines broadly joined in adults (only tip of supraocular spine showing) and flaring outward to form a shelf over posterior half of eye.
Tassled scorpionfish habitat
This species inhabits clear-water outer reefs at depths of about 1-40 m. Scorpaenopsis oxycephala is a solitary species found on areas with mixed coral and rock substrates (Myers 1991). It is the largest species in the genus, reaching a maximum size of 36 cm TL (Allen and Erdmann 2012).