Also known as Devilfish, Papuan Devilfish, Papuan Goblinfish, Papua Scorpionfish, Stingfish.
Found singly and well camouflaged, over coral and rocky areas of coastal slopes, estuaries and lagoons, rich in algae growth. Very similar to young Tasselled Scorpionfish, with exaggerated facial skin appendages and long cirri above eyes.
They feed on small fish.
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