Raggy Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis venosa)

Also known as Devilfish, Raggy Stingfish, Stingfish, Weedy Stingfish, Yellownose Scorpionfish

Description

Also known as Devilfish, Raggy Stingfish, Stingfish, Weedy Stingfish, Yellownose Scorpionfish.

Found singly often where they can be well camouflaged over algae bottoms, crevices and seagrass beds close to sponges over bays, lagoons and coastal reefs.
They feed on small fish and swimming invertebrates.
Highly dangerous and poisonous with venomous spines along its back if trodden on etc. Although if disturbed it will move off out of harms way.
Length - 25cm
Depth - 2-90m
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/Scorpaenopsis-venosa

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