Flathead scorpionfish

Flathead scorpionfish

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Credit: LIONEL, TIM & ALISTAIR/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Flathead scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis oxycephala). The flathead, or tassled, scorpionfish lives on coral reefs where it is able to camouflage itself against the seabed by changing colour. It lies motionless until smaller fish or crustaceans come within range of a quick strike. Scorpionfish have a row of poisonous spines on their back, which are used in defence. S. oxycephala is widespread in the Indo-Pacific.

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