Large-Scaled Scorpionfish

The Large-Scaled Scorpionfish (Scorpaena scrofa) is a venomous marine (saltwater) fish in the Scorpaenidae family of scorpionfish. It is also known as the Red Scorpion Fish, the Bigscale Scorpionfish, or the Rascasse.

The Large-Scaled Scorpionfish ranges in colour from rusty-red to light pink to beige, with dark-coloured markings. It has 12 venomous dorsal (back) spines. It has a plump, knobbly body with small frontal eyes and a down-turned mouth. 

Large-Scaled Scorpionfish

It grows to 30-50 centimetres (12-20 inches) in length. 

The Large-Scaled Scorpionfish is found in the Mediterranean Sea, and in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. It prefers shallow ocean water with rocky, sandy, or muddy sea beds. 

It is sedentary and does not migrate.

It is nocturnal, active at night. It feeds at night on other fish, as well as crabs and snails. It is benthic, which means that it is a bottom-feeder. During the day, it lives in burrows and caves.

The Large-Scaled Scorpionfish is solitary. 

Large-Scaled Scorpionfish
Large-Scaled Scorpionfish
Large-Scaled Scorpionfish
Large-Scaled Scorpionfish

Location of photographs: Aquarium de Paris-Cinéaqua, France

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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