Scorpaena isthmensis Meek & Hildebrand, 1928
Smooth-cheek scorpionfish
photo by Wirtz, P.

Family:  Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes), subfamily: Scorpaeninae
Max. size:  16 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range - 110 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: South Carolina, USA and northern Gulf of Mexico to Brazil.
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 part of preorbital overlapping maxillary; supplemental preopercular spine present; no dark spot on inner basal part of pectoral fin; dark brown spots on membrane between third and fourth and fifth and seventh dorsal spines; no spines on suborbital ridge; eye diameter 0.9-1.5 times of snout length (Ref. 13608).
Biology:  Occurs from near shore to 110 m depth.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 22 August 2012 Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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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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