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Weedy Scorpionfish (Rhinopias frondosa)


The Weedy Scorpionfish or Rhinopias frondosa is a saltwater fish that is a master of camouflage. This fish has a series of appendages that can easily be mistake for sea weed.  As you can imagine, this makes the fish the perfect ambush predator.  They will lie in wait until an unsuspecting meal gets too close and then strike with impressive speed.

Belonging to the Scorpaenidae family, these fish can vary greatly in color depending on what best suits their environment.  You can learn a bit more about them in the short video below...


Reaching about 9" (23cm) in length, the Weedy Scorpionfish is found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans in depths of up to 295' (90 meters). These fish are sometimes known as Popeyed Scorpionfish, and do occasionally make their way into the aquarium trade, though at a steep price!

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