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Scorpionfish in white

Scorpaenidae

Description:

Scorpionfishes are for me very hard to ID at the species level. This is a nice one mimetized in white-creamy colors. Some general facts about the family extracted from Wikipedia: General characteristics of family members include a compressed body, ridges and/or spines on the head, one or two spines on the operculum, and three to five spines on the preopercle. The dorsal fin will have 11 to 17 spines, often long and separated from each other, and the pectoral fins will be well-developed, with 11 to 25 rays. The spines of the dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins all have venom glands at their bases.

Habitat:

Most species are bottom-dwellers that feed on crustaceans and smaller fish. Many inhabit shallow waters, but a few live as deep as 2,200 metres (7,200 ft).

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The MnMs
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Dumaguete, Siquijor, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 3, 2012
Submitted on Nov 3, 2012

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