• Community of Arran Seabed Trust
  • Community of Arran Seabed Trust
  • Community of Arran Seabed Trust
  • Community of Arran Seabed Trust
  • Community of Arran Seabed Trust
  • Community of Arran Seabed Trust
  • Community of Arran Seabed Trust
  • Community of Arran Seabed Trust
  • Community of Arran Seabed Trust
  • Community of Arran Seabed Trust
  • Community of Arran Seabed Trust
  • Community of Arran Seabed Trust
  • Community of Arran Seabed Trust

Long spined sea scorpion fish

 

 

 

Scorpion Fish

There are more than 200 seperate species of Scorpion fish that are found in all major seas and oceans. Sea Scorpions are predators that will eat prawns, molluscs and other fish. Despite their small size they are aggressive and will attack fish bigger than themselves. They lie in wait for prey, camouflaged against rocks and weed before striking out at anything that passes.


It can digest its own body weight in around an hour!  - its large mouth and digestive system allows it to feed on fish the same size as itself.

The long-spined sea scorpion (Taurulus bubalis) looks very similar to its bigger cousin (46 cm / 18 inches long) the bullhead or short-spined sea scorpion (Myoxocephalus scorpius) but it only grows to a maximum length of 18 cm /7 inches. It has two longer spines on each gill cover whereas Myoxocephalus scorpius has a higher number of shorter spines. A further difference is that the short spined scorpian has barbels on the edge of its mouth and these are absent on the long-spined species.

Like sharks, rays, mackerel and tuna and others in the Cottidae family the sea scorpion has no swim bladder and sinks as soon as it stops swimming.

 

The Scorpion fish can change colour to camouflage itself against the background




Latin name:Taurulus bubalis
Habitat:  Can be found stranded in rock pools and in weeds also found in sandy and muddy seabeds down to depths of fifty metres.
Distribution: All around UK and Ireland. Also distributed widely throughout Europe and across Greenland, Iceland and US/Canadian waters.
Size: maximum length 18cm 7 inches.
Sources:http://britishseafishing.co.uk/sea-scorpion/
 http://www.oceaneyephoto.com/photo_9067831.html 

 

Scorpion fish video (probably long spined scorpion fish)


 
Kildonan Otters eating Scorpion fish: Photo by Tush...  Arthur Duncan.

 

Scorpion fish snack for two otters

 

Kildonan Otters eating Scorpion fish: Photo by Tush...  Arthur Duncan.

 

KIldonan Otter snack

 

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