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Bandtail Scorpionfish

Scorpaenopsis neglecta


Also known as Bandtail Stingfish and Yellowfin Scorpionfish. They feed on small fish and swimming invertebrates, and grow to about 15cm in length. 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. Their venomous spines along its back are highly dangerous and poisonous if trodden on.


Found singly and well camouflaged around open sand and mud bottoms, harbors and lagoons. Widespread in the Asia Pacific.


I almost missed seeing this critter...and almost touched it by accident! Photographed it at a depth of about 20m.

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Nov 12, 2011
Submitted on Dec 6, 2011

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