Leaf Scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus)

This species is quite similar to the one of the previous post. Not only do Leaf Scorpionfish look a bit like waspfish, but also they behave in a similar way: Leaf Scorpionfish sway with the water movement too, pretending to be dead leafs in order to ambush their prey. The difference between the two species lies in the onset of the dorsal fin: the dorsal fin of Leaf Scorpionfish starts well behind the eye, while the dorsal fin of Cockatoo Waspfish starts above the eye. Additionally, Leaf Scorpionfish have cirri –leafy appendages- above the eyes, which Cockatoo Waspfish lack. Both species belong to the order of the scorpionfishes, but while the Leaf Scorpionfish is a member of the Scorpionidae, waspfishes now belong to a family of their own: the Tetrarogidae. Leaf Scorpionfish are highly variable in colour. Possible colorations include white, yellow, brown and bright pink.

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