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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Iracundus signifer
      Max. size: 13.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 10 - 70 m
      Distribution: Western Indian Ocean: South Africa, Mauritius, Reunion. Pacific Ocean: Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, and from the Society, Cook, Marquesan, Tuamoto, Pitcairn and Hawaiian islands.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 5. Anterior part of dorsal fin resembles a small fish, the fin also has a spot between spines 1-2 or 1-3. Lachrymal bone with 2 spines over maxillary, first points forward, second broad, pointing out and to rear; suborbital ridge without spines except one at rear before opercle; preopercular spines short, usually only 3 developed; no supplemental preopercular spine at base of first spine; a dark spot on the spinous dorsal fin between spines 1 or 2 and 3; and vertical scale rows of about 65-75.
      Biology: Found on sand and rubble under ledges of seaward reefs. The dorsal fin mimics a tiny fish and is used as a lure.
      Aquarium Care: Venomous. This species is a hardy one, whose behavior and bright coloration make it a desirable addition to either a fish-only or reef tank. It will sit out in the open. The Decoy Scorpionfish is a threat to ornamental crustaceans or small fishes. Can eat prey up to one half of its total length and may consume six smaller fishes in one feeding episode. May fight with members of its own species in a tank. Aquarium observations suggest it prefers soft substrates.
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