Ocellated waspfish


  • Usually occurs singly.
  • Often lies motionless on the sea bottom with pectoral fins folded. Pectoral fins are displayed as the fish swims away when threatened or startled.
  • Spine venomous.


  • Body pinkish brown dorsally, white ventrally.
  • A black spot on mid-dorsal fin.
  • Pectoral fins large and wing-like, and yellow with white margins.
  • A few barbels on chin.

Common Name: Ocellated waspfish

Family Common Name: Wasp Scorpionfishes

Family: Apistidae

Scientific Name: Apistus carinatus___(Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Genus: Apistus

Maximum Length: 20 cm (Total Length)