Painted Scorpionfish (Parascorpaena picta)

Also known as Marbled Coralcod, Northern Scorpionfish, Painted Stingfish, Stingfish

Description

Also known as Marbled Coralcod, Northern Scorpionfish, Painted Stingfish, Stingfish.

Found singly, well camouflaged over shallow, murky rock and sandy bottoms in crevices and around inshore rock walls of coastal reefs.
They feed on crustaceans and small fish.
Length - 15cm
Depth - 0-15m
Widespread Indo-West 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/8296

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