The tassled scorpionfish, ''Scorpaenopsis oxycephala'', is a carnivorous ray-finned fish with venomous spines that lives in the Indian and Pacific oceans.
Specie identified by Scott Staley
It can reach a maximum length of 36 cm and can vary considerably in color. Adults are bearded with a number of tassles below the jaw.
They inhabit reef slopes from only 1 meter to a depth of 35 meters. When in shallow waters, swimmers may accidentally tread on them which may cause painful injury from the venomous spines.