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It is small and well camouflaged. Look carefully to find
This harmless fish is easily mistaken for a scorpionfish.
hides among seaweeds and under stones. Watch your step!
This small scorpionfish wannabe is commonly encountered on some of
our shores, among coral rubble and seagrass areas.
What are false scorpionfishes? This
species was previously placed in Family Serranidae
(groupers) and now is the only member of the Family Centrogenyidae
(false scorpionfishes). True scorpionfishes belong to the Family
Features: To about 15cm, but those seen usually about 4-10cm.
Like scorpionfishes, the false scorpionfish has prickly dorsal spines
that can poke inquisitive fingers. But false scorpionfishes lack true
venom glands and simply cause wounds. Unlike scorpionfishes, the false
scorpionfish does not have spines on its head. The nostrils have large
fringed flaps, and the dorsal fin starts well behind the eyes. But
in other respects, they are similar in habit and appearance.
Sometimes mistaken for stonefishes
Here's more on how to tell apart fishes
that look like stones.
What does it eat? It eats small
fishes, shrimps and crabs, hunting during the day.
Human uses: Sometimes harvested
for the aquarium trade.
Changi, Jun 06
Dorsal fins start well behind the eyes.
It has nose flaps! No spines on the head
Sentosa, Oct 03
Chek Jawa, Jun 03
Sisters Island, Sep 10
scorpionfishes on Singapore shores
photos of false scorpionfishes on Singapore shores