Poss's Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis possi)

Also known as Bearded Scorpionfish, Possi's Scorpionfish


Also known as Bearded Scorpionfish, Possi's Scorpionfish.

Found singly, on coral and rocky bottoms, of coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on small fish.
Length - 19cm
Depth - 2-50m
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/Scorpaenopsis-possi.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 Poss's Scorpionfish. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Poss's Scorpionfish (juvenile)

Poss's Scorpionfish (juvenile)

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