|Class: Fishes: 4
30 cm (11 3/4 in)
|Family: No Fish family
|Scientific Name: Synanceia
water, coral reefs
Indian and Pacific Oceans: Africa and Red Sea to Northern Australia
20 species of stonefish occur in the Indo-Pacific. All have needlelike
dorsal-fin spines, equipped with venom glands that produce the most deadly
of all fish venoms. Wounds from a stonefish can kill any human unlucky
enough to tread on the spines. This species is typical of its family, with
its rough, scaleless body, large, upward-turning head and protuberant eyes.
As its name suggests, the stonefish's coloring and shape camouflage it
perfectly as it lies half-buried among stones or in rock crevices.