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Spiny Devilfish, safe to

assume that something

that looks like this is not

your friend.

Spiny Devilfish, about

four inches. Every spine

has a poison gland.

Lurking in sand. Tough to

see. Beware!

Proof that misfortunes

don't come singly.

Reef Stonefish.

Considered the most

venomous of all. Has

caused fatalities.

Reef Stonefish, about ten

inches.

Reef Stonefish,

Devil Scorpionfish, color

is variable.

Devil Scorpionfish, color

is variable.

Devil Scorpionfish, color

is variable.

Flasher Scorpionfish. Six

inches.

Flasher Scorpionfish,

color is variable.

Flasher Scorpionfish,

color is variable.

Flasher Scorpionfish,

color is variable.

Tasseled Scorpionfish.

About twelve inches.

Tasseled Scorpionfish.

Many color variations.

Tasseled Scorpionfish.

Many color variations.

Tasseled Scorpionfish.

Many color variations.

Tasseled Scorpionfish.

They can get to be two

feet long.

Tasseled Scorpionfish.

Tasseled Scorpionfish.

Many color variations.

This one is mimicking the

color of the algae it's

lurking in.

Tasseled Scorpionfish.

Common Lionfish.

Zebra Lionfish. Five

inches.

Zebra Lionfish.

Zebra Lionfish.

Shortfin Lionfish. Four

inches.

Shortfin Lionfish. Four

inches, yellow morph.

Gurnard Lionfish. Five

inches, rare.

Gurnard Lionfish.

Whiteface Waspfish.

Three inches.

Whiteface Waspfish,

burying itself in the sand.

Whiteface Waspfish,

Painted Stingfish. Three

inches,

Longspine Stingfish.

Three inches.

Cockatoo Waspfish.

Three inches.

Cockatoo Waspfish.

Many colorations.

Cockatoo Waspfish.

Cockatoo Waspfish.

Cockatoo Waspfish.

Three inches.

Spiny Waspfish. Three

inches.

Spiny Waspfish. Three

inches.

Leaf Scorpionfish. About

four inches, many color

variations.

Leaf Scorpionfish,

yellow.

Leaf Scorpionfish. They

wave from side to side

like a leaf in the water.

Leaf Scorpionfish.

Leaf Scorpionfish.

Leaf Scorpionfish.

Leaf Scorpionfish.

Leaf Scorpionfish.

Leaf Scorpionfish, a

beautiful vivid color

variant.

Leaf Scorpionfish.

Ambon Scorpionfish.

Two juveniles. 

Ambon Scorpionfish.

They mimic seaweeds.

Note the long "horns"

hanging down over the

head.

Ambon Scorpionfish. Six

inches.

Paddleflap Scorpionfish.

The only one I have ever

seen (so far).

Paddleflap Scorpionfish.

Eight inches.

Paddleflap Scorpionfish.

Lacey Scorpionfish,

juvenile. Not common.

Lacey Scorpionfish,

juvenile. Hasn't picked a

color yet

Lacey Scorpionfish, adult

in yellow coloration.

Lacey Scorpionfish,

adult. About seven

inches.

Lacey Scorpionfish.

Lacey Scorpionfish, adult

in red coloration.

Lacey Scorpionfish.

Compilation. Things With Stings from the

Coral Triangle.

        Home Click HERE to enter galleries. Fiji. May 2011 Beqa Lagoon Shark Dive Bahamas Sharks Red Sea, Egypt 2006 Indonesia 1. The Good. Indonesia 2. The Bad. Indonesia 3. The Ugly. Indonesia 4. Nudibranchs. Indonesia 5. Critters. Great White Shark St Vincent, 2009 Red Sea, Egypt 2009 Galapagos Underwater Galapagos Land Machias Seal Island, Maine. June 2010 and May 2019 St Kitts and Saba, August 2010 Philippines, Puerto Galera January 2011 Fish. Philippines, Puerto Galera January 2011 Creatures Fiji, May 2011. Beqa Reefs Bali, Indonesia 2012. Fish. Bali, Indonesia 2012. Behaviors and critters. Bali, Indonesia 2012. Nudibranchs. Blue Heron Bridge, Riviera Beach, Florida. North Sulawesi 2013. Pipefish and Seahorses North Sulawesi 2013. Fish North Sulawesi 2013. Mostly Nudibranchs North Sulawesi 2013. Crabs and Critters North Sulawesi 2013. Cuttlefish and Octopus Blue Heron Bridge, May 2013 Komodo, Indonesia. August 2014 and 2019 daytime Komodo, Indonesia. August 2014, night dives Philippines, Dumaguete 2015 Fish Philippines Dumaguete 2015, Creatures and Critters Dominica 2015 and 2017. Before Hurricane Maria Raja Ampat, January 2016 Cayman Islands, October 2016 North Sulawesi 2017. Fish North Sulawesi 2017, Creatures Anilao, Philippines 2017. Fish Anilao, Philippines 2017. Eels, Pipefish Anilao, Philippines 2017. Crabs, shrimp, octopus. Anilao, Philippines 2017. Nudibranchs. Triton Bay, Indonesia. 2018 Villa Markisa, Tulamben. Bali, 2018. Fish and Creatures. Villa Markisa, Tulamben. Bali, 2018. Nudibranchs. Solomon Islands, April 2019 Siladen Resort. Siladen Island, Indonesia 2020 Coral Triangle. Things with stings. Coral Triangle. Frogfish. Coral Triangle. Crabs & Shrimp. Coral Triangle. Cuttlefish, Octopi and Squid. Coral Triangle Butterfly and Angelfish

These are selected from multiple visits to "The Coral Triangle" which covers the

Philippines in the North, then South to the Eastern part of Papua/Solomon Islands

and across Indonesia to the West. It's the area with the greatest marine diversity in

the world. We have been fortunate to make many trips to this distant area over many

years which are covered in the individual galleries. This a condensed version,

assembled from the individual galleries and featuring "the best of"species by type.

These photos have been taken between 2004 and present.

This compilation is "Things With Stings" and the myriad  weird and interesting  (and

potentially painful) fish that have venomous defensive spines. Names of the fish

usually feature words like scorpion, devil and wasp which pretty much sums them up.

Most of them are ambush hunters, sit there motionless waiting for something to come

by, too close. Many also bury themselves in sand which makes it even more important

not to be putting errant hands on the bottom.

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