Apologies for that terrible pun but this spectacular and hard to spot creature is a Leaf Scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus), it is the sole member of its genus and that makes it pretty special in our books. They get their name due to their thin bodies that waft like a leaf in the currents, this is only one of their camouflage techniques.
If that wasn’t enough it can also have colour variations throughout it’s life, every 10-14 days it molts and can change it’s colour after this. Left Scorpionfish can be red, yellow, orange, green, brown, pink or white, with a whole host of patterns to help it camouflage.
That’s not a beard growing around its mouth but many tiny branches of skin mimicking algae. It can also have real algae or hydroids attached to it attracting smaller fish to come closer. Once the small fish is lured in the huge mouth is opened and the vacuum effect sucks in any prey nearby.
So why are we Leafing and Branching Out? Well our little team has spread out to Soneva Jani resort and future posts will mix between the two resorts as we continue to explore and protect the marine life at our islands!
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