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Parascorpaena

Summary
Parascorpaena is a genus of marine ray-finned fish belonging to the family Scorpaenidae, the scorpionfishes. They are native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean. Taxonomy Parascorpaena was first formally described as a monotypic genus in 1876 by the Dutch herpetologist and ichthyologist Pieter Bleeker with Cuvier's Scorpaena picta designated as the type species. The genus name Parascorpaena means "like Scorpaena", as the type species was described as being similar to that genus but separated from it by the possession an forwards and downwards pointing posterior lacrimal spine. Species There are currently seven recognized species in this genus:
  • Parascorpaena aurita (Rüppell, 1838) (Golden scorpionfish)
  • Parascorpaena bandanensis (Bleeker, 1851) (Banda scorpionfish)
  • Parascorpaena maculipinnis J. L. B. Smith, 1957
  • Parascorpaena mcadamsi (Fowler, 1938) (McAdam's scorpionfish)
  • Parascorpaena mossambica (W. K. H. Peters, 1855) (Mozambique scorpionfi
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