Long-spined Sea Scorpion

Taurulus bubalis
Long-spined Sea Scorpion

Habitat: Rocky shore and rock pools
Depth: 0-30m
Food: Shrimps, crabs and small fish
Length: Up to 18cm
Lifespan: Unknown
Conservation Status: Not Evaluated (NE)

Named for the spines that stick out from the gill cover, this is a common rock pool fish. It spends much of its time lying in wait for prey. Highly camouflaged to blend in with its background which can be dull rocks or brightly coloured seaweeds, its colours may vary from mottled brown to bright pink. It lunges at small fish or crustaceans and snaps them up in a single gulp.

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