California Scorpionfish

California Scorpionfish

Scorpaena guttata

Physical Description

The California Scorpionfish exhibits a robust body, typically reaching lengths of 20 to 38 centimeters. Its coloration varies from reddish-brown to orange, adorned with dark spots and blotches. It possesses venomous spines along its dorsal fin.


These adept camouflagers prefer rocky reefs and kelp forests along the eastern Pacific coast, where they can blend seamlessly into their surroundings.

Geographical Range

The California Scorpionfish inhabits the coastal waters from Monterey Bay, California, southwards to Baja California.

What They Eat

Feeding opportunistically, they prey on smaller fish and crustaceans that venture too close, using their stealth and ambush tactics.

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