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Stone Scorpionfish

The stone scorpionfish (Scorpaena plumieri mystes) is a master of deception, disguising itself as a rock, clump of vegetation, or piece of coral. Loose flaps of skin and scale help it blend into the bottom, where it will wait motionless for prey to swim past. It can also change colors from grey to purple to red in order to better hide.

The spines along its dorsal fin contain a painful poison. However, they are not aggressive and remain motionless if approached. They are fairly common, but often difficult to spot. It's Spanish name is brujo, or "warlock."

Location:
Ecuador

marine life

Common local language name:
brujo

Scientific Name(s):
Scorpaena plumieri mystes

Origin:
Endemic

Incidence:
Uncommon

Ecological status:
Least Concern

Where to See (Distribution, Range):
Stone Scorpionfish are present at several Galapagos snorkeling spots, so keep your eyes peeled for them along sandy bottoms with sparse vegetation. They prefer water that's a little deeper, say a minimum of eight feet or so, so stepping on one is unlikely!

Habitat/ecosystem:
Underwater










16 Apr 2010




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