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The Leaf Scorpionfish - King of Crypsis

There are three things that are important in the life of a fish (or any other organism for that matter). One: to acquire something to eat. Two: to avoid being eaten. And three (if you succeed in getting enough nutrients and steer clear of your hungry neighbors): to reproduce. One thing that can help a fish to achieve the first two objectives is to look like something that it is not, like an algae encrusted rock or a toxic sponge. This antipredation/feeding adaptation is referred to as camouflage or crypsis.
The leaf scorpionfish sways from side to side to enhance its crypsis as shown in the animation right.
This CoralRealm feature article is all about the Leaf Scorpionfish and includes a gallery of photos depicting the many color forms of this species.

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