ALEXIS ROSENFELD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ALEXIS ROSENFELD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Small red scorpionfish (Scorpaena notata) that is camouflaged against a sea fan. 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. notata can reach a length of 24 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. notata is found in the temperate waters of the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea. Photographed off Levant Island, France, in the north-western Mediterranean Sea.
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