Decoy Scorpionfish (Iracundus signifer)

Also known as Devilfish, Red Decoy Scorpionfish, Stingfish

Description

Also known as Devilfish, Red Decoy Scorpionfish, Stingfish.

Found singly under ledges and on rubble and sandy areas of seaward reefs. The Dorsal Fin mimics a tiny fish to act as a lure.
They feed nocturnally on small fish and swimming invertebrates.
Length - 13cm
Depth - 20-110m
Widespread Western Indian Ocean

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/Iracundus-signifer

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