Rhinopias aphanes

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Rhinopias aphanes
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Scorpaenidae
Genus: Rhinopias
R. aphanes
Binomial name
Rhinopias aphanes
Eschmeyer, 1973

Rhinopias aphanes is a scorpionfish from the Western Pacific. It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. It grows to a length of 25 centimetres (9.8 in) TL.[1] Information on this species is based on three specimens of Rhinopias aphanes that were collected from Australian waters and compared to a previously recorded Holotype.[2] The distribution of this species seems to be restricted the coral reefs of the Western Pacific.[2] This species is thought to be a benthic fish, resting on the sea floor.[2] It has been observed that they are very reluctant to leave the bottom and rarely swim. Rather, they locomote using walking and hopping-like movements using their pelvic and pectoral fins.[2] The prey of Rhinopias aphanes consists of small fish.[2]

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  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Rhinopias aphanes" in FishBase. December 2012 version.
  2. ^ a b c d e Dinesen, Zena. D.; Warwich J. Nash (1982). "The Scorpionfish Rhinopias aphanes Eschmeyer from Australia". Japanese Journal of Ichthyology. 29 (2): 179–184. Retrieved 28 November 2011.