A well-camouflaged fish with a large, upturned face and short body. Has no scales, small papillae cover the skin. AN ambush predator whose diet consists of small fish, crustaceans and larvae.
  • Size

    Up to 3.9 inches (10 cm)
  • Diet

    Diet consists of small fish, crustaceans and larvae
  • Range

    Occurs in the Indo Pacific from East Africa in the west to the Galapagos; Hawaii in the north and south to Australia
  • Habitat

    Found on reef flats, high current areas, and occasionally lagoons

Physical Characteristics

  • A well-camouflaged fish with a large, upturned face and short body.
  • Coloration varies, ranging from pale greenish-yellow to rich reds and browns. Most display a dark streak that runs through the eye. Many have light and dark blotching across the entire body and head.
  • No scales – small papillae cover the skin.
  • Up to 3.9 inches (10 cm) in length.

Animal Fact

Leaf Scorpionfish are venomous with poison glands at base of some of its spines.

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of small fish, crustaceans and larvae.
  • Ambush predator.

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Indo Pacific from East Africa in the west to the Galapagos; Hawaii in the north and south to Australia.
  • Found on reef flats, high current areas, and occasionally lagoons, usually to depths of feet 66 (20 m), but has been sighted as deep as 442 feet (135 m).

Reproduction & Growth

  • An ovoviviparous species.

Conservation Status

  • “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Venomous; poison glands at base of some of its spines.
  • A solitary species, commonly spending most of its time among algae or seagrasses, where it mimics the motion of its surroundings.
  • This fish molts, often twice a month or so, with the molt starting at the head and continuing down the body.

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