The Ocellate Scorpionfish is a small mottled species of scorpionfish that lives on offshore tropical reefs.
The Ocellate Scorpionfish has quadrangular, naked depression behind the eyes. The colouration is variable but males have a dark spot on the dorsal fin between spines 8 and 10.
It occurs on offshore reefs of northern Australia and throughout the tropical Indo-west Pacific.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.