Band-tail Scorpionfish


  • In a major development, the researchers at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) have found a rare fish from Sethukarai coast of Tamil Nadu in the Gulf of Mannar.

About the Fish

  • The band-tail scorpionfish (Scorpaenospsis neglecta), a rare marine species well-known for the stinging venomous spines
  • It has the ability for changing colour and blend with its surrounding environment to escape from predators and while hunting its preys.
  • This is the first time this particular species was found live in the Indian waters.
  • The fish is called ‘scorpionfish’ because its spines contain neurotoxic venom.
  • A nocturnal feeder, the band-tail scorpionfish feeds during night time with an ability to attack and suck its prey in lightning speed.

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