Spotted Scorpionfish Scorpaena plumieri

Spotted Scorpionfish
Spotted Scorpionfish with Dusky Grouper
The Spotted Scorpionfish is well-disguised and sits motionless like rock with algae. It is native to reefs in the western Atlantic Ocean. A nocturnal ambush predator eating fish and crustaceans, it can give a nasty surprise not only to passing prey but also unsuspecting humans. Its dorsal spines are venomous to fish and humans. Colours of individuals vary but are usually dark brown/black on a light background with dark bands and spots on fins/tail. They can grow to 45cm in length but are usually less than 35cm.