One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A chiefly bottom-dwelling marine fish which is typically red in colour and has spines on the head that are sometimes venomous.
Family Scorpaenidae: many genera and numerous species, including the redfishes and rockfishes
- ‘Pterois volitans are differentiated from other scorpionfishes by having 13 rather than 12 poisonous dorsal spines and 14 long, feather-like pectoral rays.’
- ‘Scientists have observed a dolphin trying to get a reluctant moray eel to come out of its crevice by poking it with the spiny body of a dead scorpionfish.’
- ‘A magnificent short-spined scorpionfish with an impressive pink and dirty tan camouflage posed brilliantly, its huge eyes following my every move.’
- ‘The rocky reefs and the small caverns formed within them are home to groupers, moray and conger eels, scorpionfish, many octopus and the occasional spiny lobster.’
- ‘Bearded scorpionfish lurk everywhere - in crevices, on ledges and under rocky overhangs of stacked boulders - so keep your eyes peeled.’
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