Estuarine Stonefish, Synanceia horrida (Linnaeus, 1766)
Two species of stonefishes are recorded from Australia, the Reef Stonefish, Synanceia verrucosa. and the Estuarine Stonefish. One of the ways to tell the two species apart is the placement of the eyes. The eyes of the Reef Stonefish are are elevated and separated by a bony ridge; those of the Estuarine Stonefish are separated by a deep depression.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
This 3D model hosted on Pedestal3D shows a combination of the skin and skeleton of an Australian Museum Ichthyology Collection (IB.8111) specimen.
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