Spotted Scorpionfish

Scorpaena plumieri

Max Size
12 inches
New York to Gulf of Mexico and Bermuda
Coastal and Offshore waters around structure mainly seen on hard bottom

The spotted scorpionfish is a common yet largely overlooked fish. It has very cryptic camoflauge making it very difficult to see. These fish are venomous and can cause serious injuries. They carry a neurotoxin in the hard spines of the dorsal, pectoral, and anal fin. These guys are close relatives of the now common lionfish which has recently made our coast home.

Learn more about the Spotted Scorpionfish on

Scorpionfish on the Cassimir
Scorpionfish near the Tower


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