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scorpionfish, scorpion fish (skor'pe-on-fish)
Any of the marine fish with spines coated with extremely toxic mucus of the family Scorpaenidae, found in coral reefs worldwide. Those who handle these fish may be stung or even killed by the tissue-destructive enzymes and venoms they release. See: stonefish
members of the family Scorpaenidae including bullrout, twelve-spined red rock cod, sixteen-spined fortescue, goblin fish and South Australian cobbler, all capable of administering a very painful sting from their spines. There may be a precipitate rise then fall in temperature and finally a fatal cardiovascular collapse.