Short-spined Sea Scorpion (Myoxocephalus scorpius)

Also known as Arctic Sculpin, Bull Rout, Bullhead, Daddy Sculpin, European Sculpin, Father Lasher, Goat Sculpin, Greenland Bullhead, Greenland Sculpin, Guffy, Horny Whore, Pigfish, Scolping, Scully, Scummy, Scumpy, Sea Scorpion, Shortfin Scorpius, Shorthorn Sculpin, Short-spined Bullhead, Warty Sculpin

Description

Also known as Arctic Sculpin, Bull Rout, Bullhead, Daddy Sculpin, European Sculpin, Father Lasher, Goat Sculpin, Greenland Bullhead, Greenland Sculpin, Guffy, Horny Whore, Pigfish, Scolping, Scully, Scummy, Scumpy, Sea Scorpion, Shortfin Scorpius, Shorthorn Sculpin, Short-spined Bullhead, Warty Sculpin.

Found singly resting on bottoms and blending in with their surroundings over, mud, rock, sand and seaweed bottoms of coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on large crustaceans, fish and worms.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 0-450m
Widespread Eastern Atlantic, Western Atlantic, Arctic 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., can cause death! Ref: https://www.fishbase.in/summary/1329

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