Vespicula Waspfish (Vespicula trachinoides)

Also known as Goblinfish, Mangrove Waspfish, Rockfish, Stingfish


Also known as Goblinfish, Mangrove Waspfish, Rockfish, Stingfish.

Found singly over soft open sand and broken shell bottoms of lagoons, mangroves and seaward reefs.
They feed on crustaceans and small fish.
Length - 5.8m
Depth - 1-40m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Scorpionfish are masters of camouflage, enabling them to lie in wait for their victims to come close, before lunging forward and inhaling their prey with their large mouths.
When disturbed they raise the spines along their backs and will usually move off out of harms way, however, if cornered they are able to charge at considerable speed.
Highly dangerous and poisonous with venomous spines along its back if trodden on etc. Ref:


  1. Posted by Stuart Poss
    September 02, 2014 at 04:35 am - 1 person found this useful.

    The picture in the photograph is not Vespicula trachinoides. Rather it is a species of Scorpaenodes Bleeker. In species of Vespicula the dorsal fin is much further forward and the first three dorsal-fin spines form a distinct, separated finlet. They also have much smaller, more deeply embedded scales. This species is found primarily in muddy, brackish estuarine waters where rivers flow over low, nearly flat topography and into the sea. They are not found much more than a few kilometers inland.

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