Saturday, February 26, 2011

Reef Stonefish~Synanceia verrucosa

Reef Stonefish Synanceia verrucosa
This grotesque looking Ambush predator can vary in color to assimilate its surroundings. Smaller stonefish are often found dragging along the bottom. These guys are much larger and found primarily on the reef system. This particular specimen was found by my guide Peri. He frantically waved me over pointing into a small cave. At first glance the stonefish appeared to be a sponge until it began to move. I would estimate the size of this Stoney to be the size of a fully grown English Boxer with the looks to match!

The dorsal, ventral and anal fins are all extremely venomous and wounds can be fatal

Camera: D300s
Lens: Sigma 28-80
Strobe: single ys250pro

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