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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.
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If you want to live dangerously try the stone fish dumplings - this fish is poisonous if prepared incorrectly.
Dressed in a mini kilt, she wowed producers with her charisma - and didn't even flinch after choosing a date with a 20- stone fish and chip fryer.
Three divers braved a night dive where they saw squid, lobsters and stone fish.
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I well recall the many times I wandered around there, all-encompassed by high humidity and bird song, with the stone fish pond idling away along the central corridor.