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      Registered: July 2003
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      Scientific Name: Scorpaenopsis brevifrons
      Common Names: Bigmouth Scorpionfish, Shortsnout Scorpionfish
      Max. size: 13.3 cm SL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 1 - 38 m
      Distribution: Eastern Central Pacific: Midway and Hawaiian Islands.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 5; Vertebrae: 24. Pectoral rays usually 19; a blunt head profile, long jaw (21-27% SL); no hump behind head; longest dorsal spine 4-6; 5 spines on the suborbital ridge and 3 on the lachrymal bone overlying the maxillary. No black band across anal and pelvic fins; reaches 133 mm SL; snout length 3.2-3.9 in head; interorbital width 6.0-8.8 in head.
      Biology: Usually found on rocky bottom or coral reefs, but also on sand and rubble bottom.
      Aquarium Care: Venomous. Will eat small fish and ornamental crustaceans. Live shrimp and feeder fish may be necessary to induce a feeding response. They can be taught to take food (i.e. strips of squid or fish) from a feeding stick.
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      Keywords: Bigmouth Scorpionfish; Shortsnout Scorpionfish

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