Fish ID: Red Rockcod

Scorpionfish red rockcod scopaena cardinalis syd poster
Family Scorpionfish (SCORPAENIDAE)
species Scopaena cardinalis
size To 40cm
locality On rocks or substrate sometimes close to sponge
behaviour Sitting, solitary
range Northern NSW and Southern Qld coastal waters

Mottled to bright red; usually stationary with all spiney fins fanned out to maximise camouflage effect. May also be defensive – spines do carry a mild toxin.