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We regularly post short Marine Wildlife Videos an Photographs with a short explanation regarding the subject and the technique used to capture the image.

All videos are made by Olivier Van den Broeck using Light & Motion video lights

and all photographs are by Greet Meulepas unless stated otherwise.

125. Scorpion Leaffish (Taenianotus triacanthus)


Subject: The Scorpion Leaffish (Taenianotus triacanthus) is a widespread ambush predator that preys on small crustaceans and the smaller fish of the Indian and Pacific Ocean. It comes in a variety of colours. This smaller (+/- 10 cm/4 in) member of the Scorpionfish family (yes it is venomous) molts every 2 weeks or so and can change colour after the molt.

Technique: Although they do not swim around they can be a challenge to film due to a number of reasons; Their flat body shape is very subject to the water movement and thus they tend to wiggle quite a lot. They are often found near or in cracks and fissures on the reef, not the easiest places to reach with your camera. They like to reside where their preferred food lives namely schools of small fish such as glassfish and Cardinalfish. These little preyfish can be real spoilsports for any photographer or videographer who wants a clear shot of the Leaffish. Patience is key.