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Bearded scropionfish

Bearded scropionfish

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PETER SCOONES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PETER SCOONES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Bearded scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis barbata). This predator gets its name from skin extensions around its mouth. It lies motionless for hours, camouflaged amongst the rocks and coral, until a smaller fish comes within range of a rapid lunge. The scorpionfish has a row of spines on its back, linked to poison glands, which it uses for defence. Photographed in the Red Sea.

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