Bandtail Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis neglecta)

Also known as Devilfish, Bandtail Stingfish, Humpbacked Scorpionfish, Stingfish, Yellowfin Scorpionfish

Description

Also known as Devilfish, Bandtail Stingfish, Humpbacked Scorpionfish, Stingfish, Yellowfin Scorpionfish.

Found singly well camouflaged over open mud and sand bottoms of coastal reefs.
They feed on small fish and swimming invertebrates.
Length - 15cm
Depth - 0-40m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

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. Ref: https://www.fishbase.de/summary/12555

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