Madeira Rockfish (Scorpaena maderensis)

Also known as Madeira Scorpionfish

Description

Also known as Madeira Scorpionfish.

Found under small boulders, in rocky depression and under ledges of shallow coastal waters rich in brown algae cover.
They feed on crustaceans and small fish.
Length - 17.8cm
Depth - 20-40m
Widespread 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., can cause death! Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Scorpaena-maderensis.html

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