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scorpionfish

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scorpion fish

(skôr′pē-ən-fĭsh′)
n. pl. scorpionfish or scorpion·fishes
Any of various often brilliantly colored marine fishes of the family Scorpaenidae, having poisonous spines in the dorsal fins and often in the anal and pelvic fins, and including the lionfishes and, in some classifications, the rockfishes.

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
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4-6) The scorpaenids are all bottom-dwelling fish that prefer to feed on smaller fish on relatively shallow reefs and in rocky lagoons.
Analysis of the Sebastes aleutianus-S, melanostomus complex and description of a new scorpaenid species, Sebastes caenaematicus, in the northeast Pacific Ocean.
Ocean current patterns and aspects of life history of some northwestern Pacific scorpaenids.
In contrast, the average nucleotide divergences between Sebastes and two other scorpaenid species, Helicolenus hilgendorfi and Sebastolobus alascanus, were 0.