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 Post subject: Fish: Scorpionfish
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2006 8:55 am 
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Hi, can someone please help to identify this little guy seen in a rock pool on Glenmore beach southern KZN coast recently.
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I'd like to suggest this is a fish. Lion Fish to be exact - just a small one. And just a guess. Anyone else?

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 Post subject: The mystery shrimp fish
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:58 pm 
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Goodness guys ! I had a problem downloading this picture and your replies drove me bats with curiousity.
The picture is a bit small for accurate comment but the little creature is definitely one of the scorpionfishes.
In all probability a juvenile of either Pterois miles or antennata.
These gorgeous coral fishes are truly magnificent from the day they are hatched.Absolutely eficient hunters from day one.
Once they spot their prey(usually juveniles of other fish) they use their huge pectoral fins to herd the prey into a corner and then they pounce. Their mouths open remarkebly wide , and then the poor food animal is vacumed straight down the gullet.
I love photographing them because they are so proudly fearless
that they stay in place when other fish take off at the approach of a diver.
Lionfish, Turkeyfish, Firecrackerfish. All synonyms for the Pterois genus. These little guys all share a lethal secret.The row of dorsal fins on their backs carry a small sac of venom at the base. When the unwary fisherman or diver accidentally steps on it or squashes the fish agains the reef, the thin skin covering of the fin is broken, and the venom is injected into the victims tissues.
Victims who had the luck to have this accident all made mention of the excruciating pain of the fishy injection.
Beautiful but dangerous! Do not play with them. Look but do not touch.
In conclusion, I need to state that this is not a SHRIMP !

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Thanks for giving us clarity on this one and all the background info. Have seen a few specimens while snorkelling at Cape Vidal and knew they were dangerous, but now I'll be even more careful.
Still, they certainly are good looking little creatures.

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Thanks for the input guys. It was only about 4 or 5 cm long. We thought it could be some sort of lion fish, but don't know much obout marine species.

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