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Scorpion Fish Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum
Actinopterygii
Order:
A group of animals within a class
Scorpaeniformes
Family:
A group of animals within an order
Scorpaenidae
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Scorpaenidae
Origin:
The area where the animal first came from
Indian and Pacific Oceans
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Omnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
14cm - 45cm (6in - 18in)
Water Type:
Either freshwater, brakish or salt
Salt
Optimum pH Level:
The perfect acidity conditions for the animal
8.1 - 8.4
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for
10 - 15 years
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Brown, Black, Yellow, White, Red, Orange
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Scales
Favourite Food:Fish
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Tropical reefs and rocky crevices
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once
6,000
Main Prey:Fish, Crabs, Snails
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Large Fish, Humans, Sea Lions
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal
Venomous sting and camouflaged body

Scorpion Fish Location

Map of Scorpion Fish Locations

Scorpion Fish

A scorpion fish is a group of predatory, marine fish that are found amongst coral reefs and in shallow waters in the more temperate oceans. The scorpion fish is most closely related to the lionfish and is most commonly found in the Indian and South Pacific oceans.

There are more than 200 recognised species of scorpion fish, hiding amongst the ocean reefs and in artificial aquariums around the world. Scorpion fish are kept in tanks by numerous people because of their interesting appearance and behaviour.

The body of the scorpion fish is often cover in feathery fins that help the scorpion fish to camouflage itself into the surrounding coral. The colours and markings of the scorpion fish are also used to help the scorpion fish to hide.

Scorpion fish are nocturnal predators, and spend the daylight hours resting in a hidden crevice in the coral. Scorpion fish are also able to ambush their prey from this position and often catch small fish by surprise.

Scorpion fish are omnivorous fish and hunt small fish, crustaceans and snails on the coral reefs. Scorpion fish are able to stun their prey with their venom before eating it. Scorpion fish also use their venomous sting to fend off unwanted predators.

The scorpion fish is a very dominant predator in it's environment, and therefore the scorpion fish has very few natural predators. The human catching the scorpion fish to keep in tanks is the biggest threat to the scorpion fish along with habitat loss from the destruction of coral reefs. Large fish and sea lions are also known to hunt scorpion fish.

The female scorpion fish releases between 2,000 and 15,000 eggs into the water which are fertilised by the male scorpion fish. The scorpion fish pair then quickly hide so that their eggs can float into the ocean before being spotted by predators that eat the eggs. The scorpion fish eggs hatch in just 2 days and the tiny scorpion fish fry remain near the surface of the water until they are bigger. When the scorpion fish fry reach nearly an inch in length, they swim down into the ocean to join the reef community.

Scorpion Fish Comments

Lluvia
"This fish is cool it has a bunch of stuff to it. My brother has to do a project and it is going to be awesome I hope it is to he can make a good grade "
Anonymous
"you explained the details so good and it is an interesting fish!!!!!!!!"
pro it utes
"i love the sperm whale "
stephen D'Agostino
"so much detail of this fish its awesome"
some guy we found on the street
"It is a very interesting fish. It has a very cool fact. The stingers!"
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First Published: 4th November 2009, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
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