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Australian Scorpionfish, Rockfish, Flathead



FAMILY : Flatheads

Crocodilefish
(Cymbacephalus beauforti)
Crocodilefish
The Crocodilefish is a member of the flathead family. It is a well camouflaged fish with intricate mottled pattern of brown, olive, green. Some fish look quite dark in colour. From above the head looks a bit like a crocodile snout, and it has a long... Click to continue>
Sand Flathead
(Platycephalus bassensis)
Sand Flathead
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Longsnout Flathead
(Thysanophrys chiltonae)
Longsnout Flathead
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Tasselsnout Flathead
(Thysanophrys cirronasa)
Tasselsnout Flathead
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FAMILY : Flying gurnards

Flying Gurnard
(Dactyloptena orientalis)
Flying Gurnard
The Flying Gurnard is a well-camouflaged fish with huge pectoral fins like wings . The fins are patterned with dark spots and lines with rays projecting from the fin margins. It usually keeps the pectoral fins held against the sides of the body, but... Click to continue>

FAMILY : Scorpionfishes and rockfishes

Cockatoo Waspfish
(Ablabys taenianotus)
Cockatoo Waspfish
The Cockatoo Waspfish has a long dorsal fin that rises up like a cockatoo crest from the head and continues down the back reducing in height towards the tail. It is brown or reddish brown and has a white line along the leading edge of the dorsal... Click to continue>
Fortescue
(Centropogon australis)
Fortescue
The Fortescue has a brown or white body with dark brown to black bars. It has a large spine on each side of the head below the eye. It swings the spines outwards when disturbed. The first dorsal fin has 16 strong venomous spines. Often seen in large... Click to continue>
Dwarf Lionfish
(Dendrochirus brachypterus)
Dwarf Lionfish
The Dwarf Lionfish has large pectoral fins with distinct spotted bands. There is usually leafy appendages on the head and along the lateral line, with a short tentacle above the eye. There are thirteen venomous spines on the back, and spine length... Click to continue>
Zebra Lionfish
(Dendrochirus zebra)
Zebra Lionfish
The Zebra Lionfish has striking markings and long pectoral and dorsal fins. The body is reddish with five dark bars, alternating with thin dark bars in large specimens. There is a dark spot on the cheek. Median fins have small dark spots. The Zebra... Click to continue>
Reef Ocean Perch
(Helicolenus percoides)
Reef Ocean Perch
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Common Lionfish
(Pterois volitans)
Common Lionfish
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Spotfin Firefish
(Pterois antennata)
Spotfin Firefish
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Red Rockcod
(Scorpaena cardinalis)
Red Rockcod
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Cheekspot Scorpionfish
(Scorpaenodes littoralis)
Cheekspot Scorpionfish
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False Stonefish
(Scorpaenopsis diabolus)
False Stonefish
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False Kelpfish
(Sebastiscus marmoratus)
False Kelpfish
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Leaf Scorpionfish
(Taenianotus triacanthus)
Leaf Scorpionfish
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FAMILY : Searobins

Red Gurnard
(Chelidonichthys kumu)
Red Gurnard
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FAMILY : Stonefishes

Reef Stonefish
(Synanceia verrucosa)
Reef Stonefish
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