Weedy Scorpionfish Rhinopia

Almost resident Rhinopia

June 26, 2017 by Sonja Geier 6 Comments

Rhinopias are some of the rarest and at the same time most beautiful creatures to find here in the Lembeh Strait. And that’s also the reason why we are proud to say that our dive guide Oksin found one for the first time in two months now!

Weedy Scorpionfish Rhinopia

Rhinopias belong to the Scorpionfish family and although there is in total six different species, we get to see only two of them here in Lembeh. The Paddleflap Rhinopia (Rhinopias eschmeyeri) usually have only one color with few markings. The more exciting species is the Rhinopias frondosa or Weedy Scorpionfish. They can come in many different colors such as purple, red, orange or yellow like the one in the picture.

Usually, Rhinopias are found on deeper parts of the dive site, at around 20m. However, I have seen Rhinopias before in 30 cm of water! Most of the time Rhinopias are found in couples (we just haven’t been able to locate the second one yet). Being fairly “big” in size with around 15 cm, Rhinopias offer photo opportunities to both macro as well as wide angle enthusiasts.

Weedy Scorpionfish Rhinopia

It’s been more than two weeks now that we had sightings of the almost resident Rhinopia. Let’s hope all other dive operators stick to the code of conduct and allow for minimum manipulation of the critter, so that it will stay with us for a long time and many more guests can enjoy taking pictures of it.

Weedy Scorpionfish Rhinopia

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6 Comments

Tom. Bruns June 26, 2017 at 9:06 pm

Way to go Oksin! I can hardly wait to get back to see all you guys and ladies. We miss u. Papa and Susan

Sonja Geier June 27, 2017 at 8:33 am

Thank you Tom! I will pass on your message to Oksin. We are all looking forward to see you soon again!

Yen Chow June 26, 2017 at 11:50 pm

Yup, rhinos are the holy grail of muck diving. Good article Sonja. And I remember the rhino in 30 cm of water. ;<)

Sonja Geier June 27, 2017 at 8:34 am

Agreed, Yen. True, it was the Paddleflap in Ambon I was referring to. Let’s hope the Weedy will stay around until you get here end of October.

>>)))°> volker lonz July 10, 2017 at 9:09 pm

will never forget how happy oksin was when he found this great animal…total flipping out underwater…good that i had no phone to call a doctor…

Sonja Geier July 11, 2017 at 6:25 pm

😀 I can only imagine!

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