Noline Scorpionfish (Phenacoscorpius megalops)

Also known as Deepwater Scorpionfish, Megalops Scorpionfish

Description

Also known as Deepwater Scorpionfish, Megalops Scorpionfish.

Found over coral and rubble bottoms in very deep waters.
They feed on crustaceans and small fish.
Usually caught when trawling for other fish.
Length - 13.5cm
Depth - 68-625m
Widespread Pacific 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/46985

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