The smoothskin scorpionfish is only found off the South African coast from the Cape Peninsula to Algoa Bay in 9-110 m. It is endemic to this region.
The smoothskin scorpionfish is a small, well-camouflaged fish, with an orange body having a distinctive cream patch to the rear. The fish may reach 50 mm in total length. The head has a pleated, wrinkled appearance and the dorsal fin has spines. The head may occasionally be pinkish.
This fish is common on reefs but is seldom spotted due to its cryptic colouring and sedentary habits. It is usually not solitary.
In keeping with other members of the waspfish family, it is extremely venomous and contact should be avoided.
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