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Long-spined Sea Scorpion Taurulus bubalis

This broad headed, tapered bodied predator is a distinctive common fish with large spines, which you can find in shallow coastal waters. It has the special talent of mimicking the colours of its surrounding environment.

Conservation status

The sea scorpion is not threatened.

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The sea scorpion, like many bottom dwelling fish, lacks a swim bladder. The absence of this buoyancy controlling organ affects movement, and the sea scorpion is an ungraceful swimmer, but this doesn’t affect its ability to hunt successfully. It is primarily an ambush predator, but may also creep up and attack prey items which include crustaceans and other fish species.

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