The Yellow Leaf Scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus) is also known as the Paperfish. A small scorpionfish with a high long-based dorsal fin. They molt their skin every two weeks and have the ability to change color on the molt. During the process of molting pieces of old skin attached to the body assist in camouflaging them. They are usually found sitting very still at the bottom of the sea along the continental shelf and occasionally solitary on open sand/coral rubble bottoms. The leaf scorpionfish usually wedges its self into a spot and then rhythmically sways from side to side with the surge. They 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 with their large mouths. 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 whole by the predator. Their large mouths and extendable stomachs mean they can eat very large prey with ease. While like most scorpaenids, the sting from the dorsal spines of this species can be Highly dangerous and poisonous with venomous spines along its back if trodden on, being the real danger to the victim.
Yellow Leaf Scorpionfish 6-10 cm
Yellow Leaf Scorpionfish
Origin Indonesia, Australia Max Size 10 cm Reef Safe With Caution Min Tank Size Medium Diet Carnivore Care Level Moderate Temperament Preditor