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2.   What happens if you touch a scorpion fish?

A scorpion fish sting causes intense pain and swelling at the site of the sting. Swelling can spread and affect an entire arm or leg within minutes.

Scorpionfish are bottom-dwelling fish that have also been called rockfish or stonefish because of their tendency to live among rocks near the seafloor. There are more than 200 known species of scorpionfish in the ocean. Members of this fish family are commonly found in the Indian and South Pacific Oceans where water temperatures are temperate and coral reefs are plentiful. Coral reefs provide the perfect space for a scorpionfish to hide and hunt for prey and also avoid any potential predators brave enough to take a bite. But, the body of a scorpionfish is just as important as its habitat when it comes to remaining unseen. Scorpionfish are covered in feathery fins or skin flaps that help with camouflage against surrounding coral. Some scorpionfish are dull in color–mottled brown or yellow– while other species are bright red or orange, making them virtually invisible when hidden among either rocks or reefs. Scorpionfish are also equipped with spines containing dangerous venom. When the spines pierce a predator, the venom is injected immediately at the point of contact. A sting from one of these spines can be potentially fatal to other animals and extremely painful to humans.

Scorpionfish are exceptional sit-and-wait predators. Scorpionfish only hunt at night and spend daylight hours resting in crevices. They will remain in the shadows of rocks or reefs before pouncing on unsuspecting prey swimming by. Their diet consists of small fish, crustaceans and snails that also live in coral reefs. A scorpionfish’s mouth is wide in size, which allows the fish to quickly suck and swallow prey whole in one bite. Scorpionfish can also use their venom to stun prey before eating them. Predators of scorpionfish remain few, but sharks, rays and large snappers have been known to hunt the fish.

Most scorpionfish species are less than two feet in size and have a lifespan of 15 years. A female scorpionfish may release upwards of 15,000 eggs into the water for fertilization by the males. Fertilized eggs float to the surface where egg-eating predators are less likely to get to them.

Scorpion Fish, PC. Ilya Telitsyn

After just two days the eggs will hatch and baby scorpionfish will remain near the surface until they are big enough to swim down to the reefs where the adults swim. Scorpionfish face few threats in our ocean—they are not commercially fished because of their venom, but some species may be caught as incidental bycatch when lines and hooks are set near reefs. Their coral reef habitat may also be in jeopardy due to warming oceans and global warming.

Scorpaenidae are a family of mostly marine fish that includes many of the world's most venomous species. As the name suggests, scorpionfish have a type of "sting" in the form of sharp spines coated with venomous mucus. The family is a large one, with hundreds of members. While diving scuba divers generally come acreoss  the scorpion fishes and their family members.

The most common members of this

family are 

1  Lion Fish

2. Stone Fish

3. Scorpaena scrofa

4. Scorpaena

5. Scorpaena scrofa etc.

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Lion Fish, PC. Ilya Telitsyn


Lion Fish, PC. Ilya Telitsyn

Very Close interraction with these poisonous creatures like Scorpion Fish and their family members , may put a divers life in danger. So the divers should be careful about them as careless diving may damage the corals or other marine life and put their life in dangeras well.


1.  How poisonous is a scorpion fish?

1. Scorpionfish have extremely potent venom in their sharp spines, making them one of the most poisonous animals in the ocean. 2. Scorpionfish tend to live near the surface but can be found up to 2,625 feet (800 m) deep.

2. What happens if you touch a scorpion fish?

A scorpion fish sting causes intense pain and swelling at the site of the sting. Swelling can spread and affect an entire arm or leg within minutes.

3.  Are scorpionfish and stonefish the same?

Stonefish spines, however, are positioned much more prominently than on a scorpion fish dorsal fin, and they are thicker. Their tails also differ, with the stonefish tail curled to one side, whereas the scorpionfish has a straight tail. ... Stonefish can grow up to 40cm long and are bigger than scorpionfish.

4.  How poisonous are lion fish?

1. Lionfish carry a deadly poison in their spines. Lionfish are not poisonous, they are venomous. ... Venom must be injected into the bloodstream to cause injury, such as through a sharp spine or fang, but is harmless if drunk or eaten.

5.  What is the most poisonous fish in the world?


The stonefish, which reaches an average length of 30 to 40 centimetres and up to 2 kg / 5 lbs in weight, is the most venomous fish in the world having venomous sacs on each one of its 13 spines

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