Black scorpionfish

Black scorpionfish

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Black scorpionfish (Scorpaena porcus) hidden in Neptune grass (Posidonia oceanica). This solitary, sedentary fish commonly hides around rocks and marine plants. It ambushes its prey of small fish, crustaceans and other invertebrates. It reaches a length of 37 centimetres. A scorpionfish has a row of spines on its back, linked to poison glands for defence. The venom is dangerous to humans who may step on a camouflaged scorpionfish. This fish is found in the temperate waters of the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea. Photographed off Levant Island, France, in the north-western Mediterranean Sea.

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