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Animal Update: Reef Scorpionfish in Surviving Through Adaptation

Two reef scorpionfish have been added to our Surviving Through Adaptation exhibit!

Published June 17, 2016

Native to tropical waters, there are many different kinds of scorpionfish. These two reef scorpionfish, however, have features which make them extremely unique.

reef-scorpionfish

If you watch this fish closely, you can see its ability to camouflage itself to its surroundings.  Using this skill, the reef scorpionfish can blend into its environment to avoid possible predators.

Additionally, reef scorpionfish can protect themselves using the pointy spines protruding from their backs which are coated with a venomous mucus. If a predator happens to spot them, they can surely retaliate in defense.

See if you can spot these two new reef scorpionfish in Surviving Through Adaptation!

Stay tuned for more updates!

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