Synanceia verrucosa Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Stonefish

This is the dreaded and highly venomous stonefish, a species with potent venom that has caused human fatalities. While some individuals have splashes of bright color, many are drab and look just like rocks, waiting for prey to come close enough to engulf. These will often bury in the sand up to their mouths and eyeballs.

Partly buried in sand.

The one below is nearly fully buried in sand, with only its mouth and eyes on top of its head showing. Creeping up from behind is a parasitic snail, Colubraria muricata, which has extended its long proboscis into the skin of the stonefish and is sucking its blood.

Created 30 August 2015
Updated 13 February 2016

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