Shortfin Scorpionfish (Scorpaenodes parvipinnis)

Also known as Coral Scorpionfish, Firefish, Lowfin Scorpionfish, Shortfin Goblinfish, Shortfin Rockfish, Short-finned Scorpionfish, Short-spined Scorpionfish, Stingfish

Description

Also known as Coral Scorpionfish, Firefish, Lowfin Scorpionfish, Shortfin Goblinfish, Shortfin Rockfish, Short-finned Scorpionfish, Short-spined Scorpionfish, Stingfish.

Found singly or in pairs well camouflaged over sandy bottoms of coastal reefs and slopes of outer reefs rich in coral growth.
They feed crustaceans and small fish.
Very distinctive with wide white band behind head.
Length - 12cm
Depth - 3-50m
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: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/4915

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