19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

The Rhinopia is a marine scorpionfish that inhabits the western Indo-Pacific, and lives camouflaged in coral reefs. Weedy Rhinopias are characterized by the weedy-like appendages on their body. The species lives at very shallow depths, has venomous spines, and feeds on small marine animals. The body shape and coloration can adapt to the habitat. Thus, from dark red to purple and from purple to yellow, a wide variety of colorations are possible. With the very selective lighting, I wanted to show its unique body.

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Date Taken: 10.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Ambon, Indonesia
Copyright: © Romina Bayer