Large-scaled scorpionfish

Large-scaled scorpionfish

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Large-scaled scorpionfish (Scorpaena scrofa) head with growths that may help it remain camouflaged. A scorpionfish is a solitary fish that hides around rocks and marine plants, and then ambushes its prey of small fish, crustaceans and other invertebrates. S. scrofa can reach a length of 50 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. S. scrofa is found in the temperate waters of the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Photographed off Levant Island, France, in the north-western Mediterranean Sea.

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