March 26, 2012
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Weedy scorpion fish is a new addition the New York Aquarium on Coney Island. Photo by: Julie Larsen Maher/WCS.
This bright yellow weedy scorpion fish (Rhinopias frondosa) is the newest member of the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) New York Aquarium. Weedy scorpion fish are found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean and in a wide variety of colors.
Although beautiful, the weedy scorpion fish's spines pack a venomous punch. Fortunately, its venom is rarely fatal for humans but is used to cause marine predators to back-off. Weedy scorpion fish are adept hunters using camouflage to spring on unsuspecting prey.
Weedy scorpion fish off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Photo by: Jens Petersen.