Mauritius Scorpionfish (Sebastapistes mauritiana)

Also known as Devilfish, Mauritius Stingfish, Spineblotch Scorpionfish, Spineblotch Stingfish, Stingfish

Description

Also known as Devilfish, Mauritius Stingfish, Spineblotch Scorpionfish, Spineblotch Stingfish, Stingfish.

Found singly and secretive, well camouflaged over shallow, exposed surge zones of reef flats and lagoon reefs.
They feed nocturnally on small fish and swimming invertebrates.
Length - 6cm
Depth - 0-10m
Widespread Indo-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.se/summary/5813

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