The Spiny Devilfish goes by many different names but I prefer to call it by its Latin genus name; “Inimicus” which means ”enemy”.
The identification between different species within this genus is not always evident so by naming them all just “Inimicus” you avoid mistakes. The Inimicus belongs to the Stonefish family (Synanceiidae) and is highly venomous.
This well camouflaged bottom dwelling ambush predator of small and juvenile reef fish awaits its next feeding opportunity. Small algae-feeders might not see the threat and swim close to the hunter's mouth.
Always try to film upward and whenever possible include the water column in the background. This creates an extra dimension and shows you viewers that it is filmed in the sea and not through the widows of an aquarium.
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