Papuan Scorpionfish (Juvenile) (Scorpaenopsis papuensis)

Also known as Devilfish, Papuan Devilfish, Papuan Goblinfish, Papua Scorpionfish, Stingfish

Description

Also known as Devilfish, Papuan Devilfish, Papuan Goblinfish, Papua Scorpionfish, Stingfish.

Found singly and well camouflaged over coral and rocky areas of coastal slopes in estuaries and lagoons rich in algae growth.
They feed on small fish.
Very similar to young Tasselled Scorpionfish with exaggerated facial skin appendages and long cirri above eyes.
Length - 22cm
Depth - 1-40m
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/Scorpaenopsis-papuensis.html

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Papuan Scorpionfish (Juvenile). Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Papuan Scorpionfish

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