Mozambique Scorpionfish (Parascorpaena mossambica)

Also known as Firefish, Golden Scorpionfish, Stingfish

Description

Also known as Firefish, Golden Scorpionfish, Stingfish.

Found singly or in pairs during the day well camouflaged hiding in crevices and rocks over mixed rubble and sandy areas of channels, reef flats and shallow lagoons dispersing at night to hunt for food.
They feed on crustaceans and small fish.
Length - 12cm
Depth - 0-20m
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/5810

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