Kingdom : Animalia
                         Class : Actinopterygii
                      Family : Scorpaenidae
       Scientific Name : Scorpaenidae

                      Size(L) : 14cm - 45cm 
                                      (6in - 18in)
              Water Type : Salt
 Optimum pH Level : 8.1 - 8.4
                  Life Span : 10 - 15 years

                      Colour : Brown, Black, White,
                                     Red, Orange, Yellow 
                 Skin Type : Scales
Distinctive Features : Venomous sting and
                                      camouflaged body
  1. Scorpion Fish are a group of fish that inhabit the shallow, temperate waters of the Indian and South Pacific Ocean.
  2. They are found amongst the coral reefs as their markings and the color of their feathery fins camouflage them well there.
  3. There are around 200 species of scorpion fish found in the world.
  4. They are a popular choice to be kept in tanks and artificial aquariums for their behavior and appearance.
  5. They are predatory fish which are also nocturnal in nature, resting in the coral crevices during the day and hunting at night.
  6. They ambush their prey and sting them with their venom thereby stunning them before eating.
  7. They are dominant predators, preying on small fish, snails and crustaceans.
  8. Their very few natural predators are large fish and sea lions.
  9. Humans pose a big threat to the scorpion fish by hunting them for keeping them in captivity in aquariums.
  10. The female scorpion fish lays around 2,000-15,000 eggs in water which is fertilized by the male scorpion fish.
  11. The fertilized eggs float to the water surface, where they hatch after 2 days.
  12. The scorpion fish fries remain close to the water till they are an inch long, after which they go down to the reefs.
  13. Habitat loss in the form of destruction of coral reefs is their biggest threat today.

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