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Scorpaena scrofa

Linnaeus, 1758

Largescaled scorpionfish

Classification
Identification
Biology
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Classification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Latin name : Scorpaena scrofa (Linnaeus, 1758)
Synonyms :
Classification : Scorpaenidae ( Scorpionfishes )
 
Name : Chapon
Name : Largescaled scorpionfish
Identification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Main identification characters
Looking as if it were part of the rock, the red scorpionfish is one of the most elegantly cryptic animals. Its reddish-brown colouration, distributed unevenly over its body, and the form of its face, with protruberances and appendages which seem not to be of the same animal, help to create its beautiful camouflage. The fish can even change its colour, adapting itself to the colours of the background over which it swims.
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Biology   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Feed
Feeds on fishes, crustaceans and mollusks.
Cycle of life / Reproduction
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Interaction with other species
Venimous.
Distribution   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Habitat

Rocks

Sand
Solitary and sedentary over rocky, sandy or muddy bottoms.
Geographical distribution
Eastern Atlantic: British Isles (rare) to Sénégal including Madeira, the Canary Islands, and Cape Verde. Also throughout the Mediterranean except Black Sea. South African species thought to be the same as population in eastern North Atlantic.
Links   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Websites :
http://www.ddgi.es/espais/icaproig.htm
http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.cfm?ID=1759

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Data sheet written by Christophe Naslain , 19/11/2002

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