Leaf scorpionfish


  • An individual was recorded once at Sharp Island during the survey, suspected to have been artificially introduced.
  • Elsewhere, may occur singly or in pairs.
  • Feeds on small fishes and small crustaceans.
  • Spines venomous.


  • Body colour variable – can be pink-purple, white, yellow or brown.
  • Body and head highly laterally compressed.
  • Dorsal fin enlarged, standing tall when fully opened.
  • Leafy appendages on eyes.

Common Name: Leaf scorpionfish

Family Common Name: Scorpionfishes

Scientific Name: Taenianotus triacanthus___Lacepède, 1802

Maximum Length: 10 cm (Total Length)