A New Scorpionfish from Taiwan

The genus Parascorpaena Bleeker 1876 is a group of shallow-water reef fishes of the Scorpaenidae, comprising 8 valid species. The new scorpionfish, Parascorpaena poseidon, is observed in shallow-water of southern Taiwan and has relatively larger body size. The new species is named after Poseidon, the Greek god of the Sea, because of its distinct three equal-sized suborbital spines without ridge, similar to the trident of Poseidon. The new species can be separated from the two similar species, P. aurita and P. mossambica, and other congeners based on morphological and molecular data.

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