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stonefish

(ston'fish?) [From its camouflage coloring]
The type species (Synanceia verrucosa) of the marine fish family Synanciidae. See: Synanciidae

stonefish

fish member of the family Synancejidae which inhabits coral reefs and has an external appearance similar to a lump of coral. They have a number of spines along the back and if trodden on or bitten eject a very potent poison, which causes terrific pain, followed by local swelling and general paralysis ending in fatal respiratory paralysis. Includes Synanceja trachynis, Synanceichthys verrucosa.