Large-scaled scorpionfish

Large-scaled scorpionfish

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Large-scaled scorpionfish (Scorpaena scrofa) dorsal fins. The fins are supported by hollow spines, through which poison can be released in defence. The venom is dangerous to humans who may step on a camouflaged scorpionfish. The large- scaled 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. It 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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