Red Scorpionfish

Scorpaena cardinalis

The Red Scorpionfish when motionless blends in perfectly with the coral rubble and rocks on the sea bed, with its blotched colour pattern and frilly tendrils helping to disguise it amongst the background. These fish have a single dorsal fin with very sharp and long venomous spines. These fish, like all of the many species of scorpionfish, should not be handled as their spines can cause serious injury and pain.

Found only along the east coast of Australia, from Queensland to Bass Strait.

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