|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]|
These fish are probably the most dangerous animal that most swimmers will come into contact with. Members of this group
of fish have venomous spines on their dorsal, ventral and anal fins. Each spine has a separate venom gland at the base.
Most injuries are caused when the unsuspecting swimmer steps onto one of these spines whilst swimming. The treatment for
such wounds is very similar to weeverfish stings, that is to place the affected part of the body into very hot water
until the pain decreases or as long as the patient can stand. The wound then has to be thoroughly cleaned afterwards to
prevent the area becoming septic.
Distribution: Mediterranean, Eastern Atlantic from the Canary islands to Biscay. Can also be found on rare occasions as
far north as the English Channel.
Colour: Brown of reddish brown with irregular spots and band which are very effective
camouflage, making this animal difficult to see in the water. A reason for bathers to beware.
These fish usually lies motionless during the day in amongst rocks on the seabed. This is a shallow water species which
is believed to feed mainly at night. Scorpion fish breed in late spring or early summer. The eggs are embedded in a
transparent protective mucous and laid in one solid lump.
Their are two other members of this group:
- Scorpaena scrofa, These fish spend most of their time motionless on the bottom, The adult fish prefer 20 - 200m
water depth so rarely come into contact with bathers. However the young fish may be found in shallower water. The
morphology of this species is very similar to S.porcus but live in deeper water.
- The other member of this group is Scorpaena notata or S.ustulata two names for the same fish.
From Zoomarine, Guia, Portugal
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Nice shot of a nasty creature.
This reminds me of the Stonefish we used to get in the Pacific Island where I lived as a child.
Luckily I never trod on one :)
Very interesting and useful note.
nice close up, did you use any flash ? TFS Ori