noun (plural same or scorpionfishes)
A chiefly bottom-dwelling marine fish which is typically red in colour and has spines on the head that are sometimes venomous.
- Family Scorpaenidae: many genera and numerous species, including the redfishes and rockfishes.
- The rocky reefs and the small caverns formed within them are home to groupers, moray and conger eels, scorpionfish, many octopus and the occasional spiny lobster.
- Pterois volitans are differentiated from other scorpionfishes by having 13 rather than 12 poisonous dorsal spines and 14 long, feather-like pectoral rays.
- Scientists have observed a dolphin trying to get a reluctant moray eel to come out of its crevice by poking it with the spiny body of a dead scorpionfish.
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