Scorpaenichthys marmoratus

Physical Description

The Cabezon, ranging from 30 to 65 centimeters, boasts a large head tapering to its tail, devoid of scales. Its coloration varies from red, brown to green, adorned with dark mottling. Notably, it features a prominent pair of cirri behind its eyes and a flap-like cirrus at the tip of its snout.


These fish are commonly found perched on rocky substrates along the eastern Pacific coast, often blending seamlessly into algae-covered surfaces.

Geographical Range

Cabezon are distributed from Sitka, Alaska, down to Baja California, inhabiting coastal regions along this extensive stretch.

What They Eat

Feeding primarily on invertebrates, Cabezon are known to prey on young abalone, sometimes swallowing them whole. Additionally, males guard egg masses, which contain tetrodotoxin, a potent neurotoxin.

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