Also known as Barred Ghoul, Bearded Ghoul, Caledonian Stinger, Devilfish, Devil Scorpionfish, Filament Devilfish, Filament-finned Stinger, Indian Ocean Walkman, Popeye Sea Goblin, Red Sea Walkman, Sea Goblin, Stingfish, Twostick Stingfish.
Found on, or partially buried, in sand, over rubble, and sandy bottoms, of coral reefs. Very colourful when wings extended.
They feed nocturnally on benthic crustaceans and fish.
Length - 25cm
Depth - 3-55m
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/6403