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Animal Update: Reef Scorpionfish

Two reef scorpionfish have been added to our Surviving Through Adaptation exhibit!
 

Published December 22, 2017

Reef scorpionfish can be found in northern South America, from the Bahamas to Panama, in the western and southern Caribbean and the Antilles. 

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The reef scorpionfish has a bony body with several venomous spines protruding from the top of its back. The spines are coated with a mucus, which contains a toxin. The reef scorpionfish is orange to brown in color and covered in specks, which give them the ability to camouflage.

The reef scorpionfish is found in tropical reefs and rocky crevices. They prefer shallow water, from 5 to 55 meters in depth, which is why camouflage is imperative for this fish. They are nocturnal and therefore spend most of the day resting, hidden in between coral. 

The reef scorpionfish is an omnivorous species, their diet consisting of fish, aquatic snails and small crustaceans. 

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates! 

 
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