Leaf Fish, Sailfin Leaf Scorpionfish, Sailfin Leaf Fish, Paper Scorpionfish, Paperfish, Swayfish, Threespine Scorpionfish.
Also known as Leaf Fish, Sailfin Leaf Scorpionfish, Sailfin Leaf Fish, Paper Scorpionfish, Paperfish, Swayfish and Threespine Scorpionfish.
Found singly or in pairs in clear coastal to outer reefs, often on top of coral outcrops and sponges.
Recognised by the compressed body and saifin.
Colour varies from place to place.
Can be difficult to spot amongst coral outcrops.
They feed on small fish and swimming invertebrates.
Length - 10cm
Depth - 5-130m
Scorpionfish are masters of camouflage, enabling them to lie in wait for their victims to come close, before lunging forward and inhaling their prey with their large mouths.
When disturbed they raise the spines along their backs and will usually move off out of harms way, however, if cornered they are able to charge at considerable speed.
Highly dangerous and poisonous with venomous spines along its back if trodden on etc.
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