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The False Stonefish or Devil Scorpionfish


Subject: The False Stonefish or Devil Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis diabolus) is not a Stonefish but a Scorpionfish. This may be confusing because it has a lot of characteristics in common with the Inimicus, who does belong to the Stonefish family. These characteristics include skin colouration and the bright flamboyant colours of the inner surface of its pectoral fins. This ambush predator swallows its prey whole using its extremely large mouth.

Technique: Because of its camouflage, a near perfect match with its surrounding, it was important to blur the background slightly in order to make the subject more visible for the spectators. A little saturation boost of the orange and yellow colours was necessary to create a wow factor.

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