Band-tail scorpionfish (Scorpaenospsis neglecta) 

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Researchers at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) have found a rare fish from Sethukarai coast in the Gulf of Mannar. 

  • Camouflaged within the seagrass meadows, the band-tail scorpionfish (Scorpaenospsis neglecta), well-known for its stinging venomous spines and ability to change colour, was found during an exploratory survey of the seagrass ecosystem. 
  • This was the first time that the particular species was found alive in Indian waters, said a press release. 
  • The fish has the ability to change colour and blend with its surrounding environment to escape from predators and while preying. 
  • The fish is called ‘scorpionfish’ because its spines contain neurotoxic venom. 
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