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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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We are still awaiting the official autopsy results for the detailed toxicology report, however it is important for me to clear the air about the stone fish and other suggested cause of death, he added, attaching a link of an article on sea urchin poisoning.
The boatmen didn't inform and warn them of the poisonous corals or whatever deadly piranha or stone fish.
The west coast of Qatar is rocky and one should always wear shoes in the sea because of the stone fish present there which have poisonous spines," she said.
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.
The unfortunate traveller had gone scuba diving off the coast of Egypt in the Red Sea, and trod on a deadly stone fish, which lived up to its reputation and promptly finished the poor tourist off, injecting its lethal load of venom into his offending foot.
Growing in panic, I flicked through the pages of my guide book to the section on Dangerous Marine Animals and the stone fish.
BEFORE I waded ashore, Terence told me about the nasty sea urchins, stone fish, conches and stingrays - and the yellow-banded sea krait snake, which could kill me within two minutes.
The most dangerous are stone fish lying on the seabed.