Flower Scorpionfish

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    • Recently, Flower scorpionfish has been found in Digha, West Bengal and Paradip in Odisha.

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    About Flower scorpionfish

    • It is also known as Hoplosebastes Armatus and it belongs to the order of ray-finned fish that is also known as Scorpaeniforme
    • It was discovered in the Pacific Ocean off Japan almost a century ago in 1929.
    • A unique, lesser-known fish species that was till now thought to be found only in the Pacific Ocean has been found in the Indian Ocean too. 
    • The two specimens of Hoplosebastes were collected by scientists from the harbour of Digha in West Bengal’s Purba Medinipur on February 12, 2019.
      • Two years after that discovery, scientists collected 22 other specimens from the waters off Paradeep in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district on October 13, 2021.
      • The length of the species ranged from 75-127 mm, while its body width was from 14-22 mm. The head of the species was comparatively large and greater than the body.

    Source: DTE