Bearded scropionfish

Bearded scropionfish

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Credit: PETER SCOONES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Bearded scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis barbata). This predator gets its name from skin extensions around its mouth. It lies motionless for hours, camouflaged amongst the rocks and coral, until a smaller fish comes within range of a rapid lunge. The scorpionfish has a row of spines on its back, linked to poison glands, which it uses for defence. Photographed in the Red Sea.

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Keywords: animal, bearded scorpionfish, bony fish, camouflage, camouflaged, coral, egypt, egyptian, marine, nature, ocean, pisces, predator, red sea, scorpaenopsis barbata, underwater, wildlife, zoology

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