The Sailfin/Rogue Scorpionfish (Amblyapistus taenionotus) is also known as Cockatoo Fish, Cockatoo Leaf Fish and Leaf Fish.
The Sailfin/Rogue Scorpionfish are usually found primarily along rocky reef habitats sitting solitary among the crevices and cave like overhangs, it can be easily overlooked because of its superb camouflage. They like to feed on small fish and swimming invertebrates. Scorpionfish are masters of camouflage, enabling them to lie in wait for their victims to come close, before lunging forward and inhaling their prey. When disturbed they raise the spines along their backs and will usually move off out of harm's way, however, if cornered they are able to charge at considerable speed. They hunt by ambushing their prey, as unsuspecting fish wander too close and in an instant get swallowed by the predator. Their small mouths but extendable stomachs mean they can eat very large prey with ease. While like most scorpaenids, the sting from the spines of this species is poisonous.
Sailfin-Rogue Scorpion 3-6 cm
Scientific Name Amblyapistus taenionotus Origin Indonesia, West Pacific Max Size 10 cm Reef Safe With Caution Min Tank Size Medium Diet Carnivore Care Level Moderate Temperament Preditor