Large-scaled scorpionfish

Large-scaled scorpionfish

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Caption: Large-scaled scorpionfish (Scorpaena scrofa). Its body and head are covered in growths that help it to remain camouflaged. It uses its camouflage both to hide it from predators and to help it catch its own prey. It feeds on crustaceans and smaller fish, waiting for them to approach and then engulfing them with a rapid gulp. It may reach a length of 50 centimetres. It has a row of spines on its back that are linked to poison glands, which it uses for defence. The spines cause excruciating pain, but are not usually fatal to humans. This scorpionfish is found in the temperate waters of the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean. Photographed in the Mediterranean Sea.

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