Black scorpionfish (Scorpaena porcus)

Also known as European Scorpionfish, Brown Scorpionfish, Sea Pig, Sea Scorpion, Small-scaled Scorpionfish, Stingfish

Description

Also known as European Scorpionfish, Brown Scorpionfish, Sea Pig, Sea Scorpion, Small-scaled Scorpionfish, Stingfish.

Found singly well camouflaged around algae and rocks on mud and sand bottoms of harbours, lagoons and coastal reefs.
They feed on crustaceans, small fish and invertebrates.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 1-800m
Widespread Black Sea, Eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean

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.se/summary/1758

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