Atlantic Hookear Sculpin (Artediellus atlanticus)

Also known as Arctic Hookear Sculpin, Atlantic Hookear, Hook-eared Sculpin, Hookhorn Sculpin

Description

Also known as Arctic Hookear Sculpin, Atlantic Hookear, Hook-eared Sculpin, Hookhorn Sculpin.

Found singly over mud and sandy bottoms in deep to very deep waters.
They feed on molluscs and worms.
Often caught in trawl nets.
Length - 15cm
Depth - 35-900m
Widespread North East Atlantic, North West Atlantic

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., can cause death! Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Artediellus-atlanticus

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