This voracious predator inhabits rocky and coral reefs and coastal waters, where it spends most of the day hiding. By night, and camouflaged by its magnificent colours, it feeds using its long venomous spines to paralyse its prey: fish and crustaceans. The bite is not lethal to humans but causes severe pain.


This family of scorpionfish, Scorpaenidae, has the world’s most venomous fish species.