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Reef Stonefishes are extremely well camouflaged, looking like an encrusted rock or lump of coral. Individuals are usually brown or grey and may have patches of yellow, orange or red.


They usually live on rubble or coral bottoms, often under rocks or ledges, but are also known to be able to bury in sand using their large pectoral fins.


The Reef Stonefish eats fishes and crustaceans. It usually waits for prey to swim past, and then strikes with incredible speed. The species is extremely well camouflaged and will not swim away when disturbed, but rather erects its poisonous dorsal fin spines.

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Batangas, Philippines

Spotted on Jul 3, 2011
Submitted on Dec 2, 2014

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