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Sebastapistes is a genus of marine ray-finned fish belonging to the family Scorpaenidae, the scorpionfishes. The fishes in this genus are found in the Indian and Pacific Ocean. Sebastapistes scorpionfishes are characterised by there being 12 spines in the dorsal fin, having teeth on the palatine and byhaving the rear lacrimal spine being directed diagonally downwards. The pored scales in the lateral line continue on to the caudal peduncle and they do not have a deep occipital pit. There are species in the deepwater scorpionfish genus Neomerinthe which share these characteristics with this genus but have different patterns of spines and scales on their heads, differing meristics and by living in deep water. The size of these small scorpionfishes varies from a maximum published total length of 2.5 cm (0.98 in) in S. taeniophrys up to 11.7 cm (4.6 in) in S. ballieui.Learn more about Spineblotch Scorpionfish

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Animalia: Chordata: Scorpaeniformes: Actinopterygii: Scorpaenidae: Sebastapistes mauritiana

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