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seen? These gruesome looking fishes can sting painfully.
What are stonefishes? Stonefishes belong to Family Synanceiidae.
According to FishBase:
the family has 9 genera and 31 species. They are found in the Indo-Pacific
oceans. They are sometimes classified as members of the Family
Features: Stonefishes do look
The Hollow-cheek stonefish (Synanceia horrida) is commonly encountered on the the intertidal.
The Reef stonefish (Synanceia verrucosa) has yet to be encountered during our intertidal surveys. It has a deep
depression between the eyes and doesn't have hollow 'cheeks'. It is
considered the most widespread stonefish found on sandy or coral rubble
areas of reef flats, in shallow lagoons and tide pools during low
Sometimes mistaken for scorpionfishes.
Here's more on how to tell apart fishes
that look like stones.
Changi, Jun 12
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.
|Stonefishes on Singapore shores
Synanceiidae recorded for Singapore
Wee Y.C. and Peter K. L. Ng. 1994. A First Look at Biodiversity
Synanceia horrida (Hollow-cheeked stonefish)
Synanceia verrucosa (Reef stonefish)
Family Scorpaenidae (scorpionfishes)
uranoscopus=**Trachicephalus uranoscopus (Stargazer waspfish)
- Wee Y.C.
and Peter K. L. Ng. 1994. A First Look at Biodiversity in Singapore.
National Council on the Environment. 163pp.
- Allen, Gerry,
Fishes of South-East Asia: A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers.
Periplus Editions. 292 pp.
- Kuiter, Rudie
H. 2002. Guide
to Sea Fishes of Australia: A Comprehensive Reference for Divers
New Holland Publishers. 434pp.
Ewald and Robert Myers. 2001. Coral
Reef Fishes of the World
Periplus Editions. 400pp.