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Rhinopias aphanes

Eschmeyer, 1973

Al-Najel Najel mugshot of Lacy Rhinopias (Rhinopias aphanes) Location : Ambon - Indonesia

Message posted on UWphotographers on 08 Oct 2013
Imade Widana Today dive at Padangbai Sept, 06, 2013

Ron Silver Rhinopias aphanes

Imade Widana Thanks Ron

Message posted on The Global Diving Community on 06 Sep 2013
Uwe Schmolke Rhino and shadow - This Rhinopias I've taken in indonesian waters. Have fun watching (-:

Ron Silver Very nice

Steve Rosenberg What an incredible coloration. I have never seen this color and pattern on a Rhinopius. Awesome.

Ron Silver This pattern is found on the LACEY SCORPIONFISH (Rhinopias aphanes). The color is changeable.

Steve Rosenberg Thanks Ron. Can I order one from you next time I'm in Indonesia? :) Are all Lacey scorpionfish capable of changing their color to match their surroundings like a commerson frogfish?

Ron Silver As I understand it, most if not all, Rhinopias can change their color and to some extent their texture. Lembeh Strait in Sulawesi, Indonesia has always been a good place to find Rhinopias.

Markus Roth Nice shot, Uwe! As far as I know, there have been no sightings of Rhinopias Aphanes in Indonesia. It is said that Aphanes is endemic in Coral Sea (PNG, Solomones, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Australia). Rhinopias aphanes has dark reticulations (maze-like patterns, stripes) on the body, head and fins. It has filamentous tentacles, that look like algae. It can be yellow, green, black or brown. This one is a Rhinopias Frondosa and I bet Uwe shot that one at Ambon. :-)

Stephen Williams NICE ONE :-)

Tacdriver Randy Milbrand Nice shot

Message posted on Wetpixel Underwater Photography on 15 May 2013
Bunnee Gamboa-Santos Lacy Scorpionfish (Rhinopias aphanes), 15cm 20m, Red Rock, Anilao, Philippines, 2011 GF1, 45mm, iso100,1/160, f14 cropped to portrait format one diopter, two strobes

Message posted on Underwater Macro Photographers on 13 Feb 2012
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Chordata (Phylum)
    Vertebrata (Subphylum)
      Gnathostomata (Superclass)
        Pisces (Superclass)
          Actinopterygii (Class)
            Scorpaeniformes (Order)
              Scorpaenidae (Family)
                Rhinopias (Genus)
                  Rhinopias aphanes (Species)
Associated Species