Atlantic Hookear Sculpin (Artediellus atlanticus)

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

Description

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

Found singly over sand and muddy bottoms in deep to very deep waters.
They feed on mollusks and worms.
Often caught in trawl nets.
Length - 15cm
Depth - 30-900m
Widespread North West Atlantic, North East 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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