Weedy Scorpionfish

Weedy Scorpionfish

Rhinopias frondosa

One of the most sought-after macro species on the Shoal, the spectacular weedy scorpionfish is immediately distinguishable from other South African scorpionfish species. It has a compressed body covered with frond-like appendages, which give the fish

exceptional camouflage and explain its fanciful Latin name. The weedy scorpionfish reaches a maximum length of around 23 centimetres, and varies widely in colour from dark red to yellow, lavender or bright purple. They are bottom-dwelling fish capable of living at depths of up to 90 metres, where they use their pectoral fins to move over the seafloor rather than swimming. Weedy scorpionfish are found in the Indian and Western Pacific oceans, and are exceptional nocturnal ambush predators.

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