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Spotted scorpionfish

Scorpaena plumieri

Bloch, 1789

Spotted scorpionfish

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Summary

Saltwaterfish. Scorpionfishes. Found in shallow water, where it sists motionless  amongst rocks, with its colour matched to the background.

To be confused with

- Reef Scorpionfish Scorpaenodes caribbaeus

Characteristics

Size: 18 to 38 cm, max 55 cm.
Colour: Variable in colour, shades of brown and red, with its colour matched to the background, excellels in camouflage.
Shape: Elongated body with big head and mouth, long dorsal spines with venom.

Habitat environment and ecology

Inhabits coral reefs. Found in shallow water, where it sists motionless  amongst rocks, with its colour matched to the background.

Distribution range

BES-eilanden: St. Eustatius

Specifics

When stung it will not be fatal, but hurt badly. Soak the injury with warm, not too hot, water.

Author

[Marion Haarsma, may 2015]

Literature

- DeLoach, N., & Humann, P. (2002). Reef Fish Identification - Florida Caribbean Bahamas - 3th Edition. New World Publications, Inc.

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Soorten, Vissen

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