Yellow-spotted Scorpionfish (Sebastapistes cyanostigma)

Also known as Coral Scorpionfish, Stingfish

Description

Also known as Coral Scorpionfish, Stingfish.

Found singly or in small family groups hiding or resting amongst the branches of Pocillopora and fire corals in surge zones over reef crests and seaward reefs rich in coral growth.
They feed on crustaceans and fish.
Length - 10cm
Depth - 2-30m
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/Sebastapistes-cyanostigma.html

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