- The Painted Scorpionfish can be found in many parts of Australia. It is distributed along the eastern and northern coastlines of the country, including Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland and parts of northern New South Wales.
- Painted Scorpionfish have a distinct appearance with a stout body and large, spiny pectoral fins. Their coloration can vary, but they commonly display a combination of red, orange, yellow, and brown hues, often adorned with intricate patterns and blotches.
- Painted Scorpionfish are carnivorous predators that primarily feed on small crustaceans, shrimp, and small fish. They use their ambush hunting strategy to lie in wait and capture prey that ventures close to their hiding spots.
- Like other scorpionfish species, the Painted Scorpionfish is a master of disguise. Their coloration allows them to blend seamlessly into their surroundings, making them virtually invisible to both predators and prey.
- The Painted Scorpionfish is a solitary species that tends to be territorial. They often occupy specific areas of the reef and defend their hiding spots from intruders, including other fish.
- Breeding habits of the Painted Scorpionfish are not extensively documented, but they are believed to be seasonal spawners. Breeding may occur during warmer months, typically from spring to summer, when water temperatures are higher.
- Estimates of lifespan are between 5 – 7 years.
Aquarium, Snorkeling & Diving
Due to their striking appearance, Painted Scorpionfish are occasionally kept in marine aquariums. However, they require specific care and maintenance, including a well-established and matured tank with appropriate hiding spots. Finding them in the wild can be an exciting experience for divers and snorkelers. Their excellent camouflage makes them difficult to spot, adding a thrill to the search.
Species: Parascorpaena Picta
The Painted Scorpionfish is listed as a species of “Least Concern” in terms of conservation status in Australia. However, it’s important to note that local populations can be affected by habitat destruction, pollution, and overfishing.
As Aquarium Fish
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 80 gallons
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Outer Reef, Lagoon
Danger: Venomous Spines