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Reef Stonefish

on June 2, 2011; last updated June 2, 2011
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This creature’s amazing camouflage and attack structures point to its intelligent Creator.

Design

Reef Stonefish

This creature’s amazing camouflage and attack structures point to its intelligent Creator. The original created kind did not need such defense/attack structures until after the Fall.

Features

  • The reef stonefish is usually brown or gray with patches of yellow, red, or orange. It is extremely well camouflaged, looking like an encrusted rock or lump of coral. This camouflage allows the stonefish to surprise its prey.

Fun Facts

  • The reef stonefish is probably the most venomous fish in the world. It has 13 spines in its dorsal fin that inject venom into its victim. The venom is a neurotoxin.
  • This fish sits quietly on reefs and has been known to inject its toxin into the feet of hapless waders through hypodermic-like hollow dorsal spines. These attacks have been fatal at times.
  • Its habit of partially burying itself in the sand makes it virtually invisible.

CLASS: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
ORDER: Scorpaeniformes (scorpion fishes and sculpins)
FAMILY: Synanceiidae (firefishes, goblinfishes, rockfishes, and scorpionfishes)
GENUS/SPECIES: Synanceia verrucosa

Size: Up to 14 in (35 cm)
Diet: Fish and crustaceans
Habitat: On the coral reefs and near rocks in the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific

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