These fish also
live in shallow waters and stay most of the time on sandy and rocky bottoms
feeding on crustacea and coastal fish, mainly sea-dwellers. They can be
found in sandy beaches, rocky coastlines and in coral reefs to a depth
of 93 m. They usually inhabit warm tropical and subtropical seas but some
prefer the temperate zone. The skin resembles algae or sponges and is often
mottled, with patches of red or blue. Sea scorpions are well camouflaged,
which makes them difficult to distinguish from rocks and seaweed. Besides,
their low mobility makes them even harder to notice.
species reach 43 cm in length. Sea scorpions have a variable number of
dorsal spines with venom glands. The spines are covered with skin that
is much thicker than that of a lion-fish. Generally, scorpionfish produce
milder stings than lion-fish but there are some species that can cause
very strong pain.
Scorpionfish are not important
for the economy but they have very tender and tasty flesh. Some species