Scorpaena mystes, Stone Fish
Size: Adult 7.3 in. (185mm) grows to about 1 – 11/2 ft.
Range: widely from souther California – Coast of Chile
Habitat: Shallow water commonly seaweed covered reeds, as well on open, sandy areas.
Description: Can be readily distinguished by its broad spiny head, distinct pit below the eye, large pectoral fins with thickened rays.
Comments: The combination of cryptic appearance, venomous dorsal spines, and reluctance to move makes this fish a hazard to swimmers. One snorkeler attempting to steady himself in a wave to surge, mistook a larger scorpionfish for a rock. He nearly leapt out of the water when he felt the painful sting of the venomous dorsal spines. The divers hand rapidly became swollen, and he felt ill for two days before recovering.
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|Panamic Green Moray Eel
Size: Max length 6ft
Range: California – Ecuador
Habitat: 0 -100, around rocky reefs
Description: The Panamic Green Moray Eel has an overall brown to green-brown coloration with a few white or yellow flecks on the rear half of the body and dorsal fin. They have a distinct anal and dorsal fins with the dorsal fin origin commencing at the top of the head and well in front of the gill openings.
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|Jewel Moray Eel
Size: Max length 2 feet
Range: Eastern Pacific – Galapagos
Habitat: 5m(17ft) – 25m(79ft)
Description: The Jewel moray is a long slender Moray eel that has black coloring and has a pale yellow and green spots. It likes to live around coral reefs in relatively shallow water. The Jewel moray can be identified by a very compressed head and jaw. It has a very narrow sharp pointed jaw.
It has very sharp teeth that are slightly curved and are hooked backwards. The jewel moray remains undercover in cracks and crevices and small caves during the day. It hunts at night, like most other Moray eels. It constantly opens and closes its mouth, which allows it to breath.