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Spotted Scorpionfish

Scorpaena plumieri


Photo take at -40 ft near a coral reef this beauty lay at the sand bottom about 40 cm long grate colors, Scorpionfishes have very effective camouflage capabilities. They have fleshy plumes over their eyes, which combined with the characteristic skin flaps around their head and their mottled wide-range of brown coloring makes them blend into reef or rocky bottoms so that they become virtually invisible. They possess poisonous spines in their fins.


Most of the time scorpionfish lie motionless on the bottom, where they are well camouflaged. Found in the Western Atlantic from North Florida all the Caribbean sea to Brazil. Feeds mainly on other fish and crustaceans. Moderately common below 5 m depth to at least 55 m


Scorpionfishes inject their venom into predators through their dorsal spines upon penetration. Their venom causes severe pain but is not usually fatal to humans, however medical treatment should be sought immediately for victims. Divers can avoid contact by not resting on the bottom or reefs and being very careful where they put their hands.

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Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 5 years ago

Yes i was so happy thanks Scott:)

ScottHarte 5 years ago

nice of him to sit on the sand all alone for you to take pics.


Lat: 20.85, Long: -86.88

Spotted on Sep 9, 2012
Submitted on Sep 9, 2012

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