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Deadly beauty: A new deep-water scorpionfish

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jul 25, 2016 09:00 AM
Scorpaenodes barrybrowni is the newest described venomous scorpionfish from very deep (95-160 meter = 310-525 feet) vertical walls at Curaçao, Caribbeans. As we've come to expect of deep-water reef fish, S.barrybrowni is extremely colorful.
Deadly beauty: A new deep-water scorpionfish

Scorpaenodes barrybrowni. Photo by Barry Brown.

The new scorpionfish is as tiny as it is colorful with an adult size about 40mm (1.5 inches).   Scorpaenodes barrybroni is currently  the deepest (by far) known western Atlantic member of the genus; its two congenors, Scorpaenodes caribbaeus and Scorpaenodes tredecimspinosus, occur at much more shallow waters: <35m and 7-82m respectively.

Scorpaenodes barrybroni (common name Stellate Scorpionfish) is named after Barry Brown.  Its etymology is described in the Zookeys paper:

Named in honor of Barry Brown, Substation Curaçao and free-lance photographer (, who has patiently, diligently, and expertly taken photographs of hundreds of

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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