Sebastapistes galactacma Jenkins 1903
This scorpionfish is reddish, often with
darker mottlings on the back and upper sides. Two long "horns"
arise over the eye. (These are quite short in some individuals). The entire
fish is densely covered with a multitude of fine white spots which must
have reminded Oliver P. Jenkins, the ichthylogist who first described
this fish, of stars in the Milky Way. The species name he chose is a variant
of the Greek word "galactos" meaning "milky." The
English word "galaxy" comes from the same root. Adults grow
to about 3 in. The species is known from Guam, Pohnpei, Hawai`i and French
Polynesia. In Hawai`i it seems to be reported most often from south Maui,
where I once saw 12 in one head of Cauliflower Coral! This photo was taken
by Mike Roberts off Ulua Beach, Maui, at a depth of 45 ft.