Weedy Scorpionfish (Rhinopias frondosa)

Also known as Goose Rhinopias, Goose Scorpionfish, Pop-eyed Scorpionfish, Weedy Firefish, Weedy Goblinfish, Weedy Rockfish, Weedy Scorpion, Weedy Stingfish

Description

Also known as Goose Rhinopias, Goose Scorpionfish, Pop-eyed Scorpionfish, Weedy Firefish, Weedy Goblinfish, Weedy Rockfish, Weedy Scorpion, Weedy Stingfish.

Found singly blending in with corals rocks and weeds over soft mud and sand bottoms of coral and rocky current swept channels close to reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed nocturnally on small fish and invertebrates.
Colour varies.
Length - 23cm
Depth - 10-300m
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/5823

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