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Index of flora
Index of fauna
Kingdom Animale | Phylum Chordata | Subphylum Vertebrata
  Stonefish
Synanceja horrida
Family Synanceiidae


This fish lies motionless on reef flats, mimicking rocks. Unwary fish are then snapped up, its large upturned mouth sucking in the unfortunate victim when it suddenly opens. The poisonous spines are on the dorsal fin. Although the sting is very painful, there are few documented cases of death. (Length up to 33cm).
Introduction
Shore environment
 
From A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP

@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre