The members of the Synanceiidae family are well-camouflaged and have a stony appearance that blends in well with the surrounding rocks and corals. They are ambush predators and lie motionless on the seabed waiting for their prey to come within striking distance.
The family includes several species, such as the reef stonefish (Synanceia verrucosa), the estuary stonefish (Synanceia horrida), and the bearded ghoul (Inimicus didactylus). These fishes are commonly found in the Red Sea, and their venomous spines pose a significant threat to swimmers, divers, and fishermen. It is essential to exercise caution and avoid contact with these fishes to prevent accidental stings.
Stonefish (Synanceia spp.)
Size: Up to 50 cm
The stonefish is one of the most venomous fish in the world, and is known for its ability to camouflage itself as a rock or piece of coral. It can be found in shallow waters and is often accidentally stepped on by divers or fishermen.
Size: Up to 30 cm
The Arabian stonefish is a type of stonefish that is commonly found in the Red Sea. It has a distinctive appearance, with a large head and eyes and a broad, flattened body. It is also extremely venomous and should be avoided.
Size: Up to 20 cm
The spotted stonefish is another type of stonefish found in the Red Sea. As its name suggests, it has distinctive spots on its body that help it blend in with its surroundings. It is also venomous and can be dangerous to humans.
RED SEA WALKMAN
Size: Up to 30 cm (12 inches)
The Red Sea Walkman, also known as the Devil Scorpionfish, is a member of the Synanceiidae family and can be found in the Red Sea. It has a mottled brown and white coloration, which allows it to blend in with the sandy and rocky seabed. This species is known for its venomous spines, which can cause severe pain and even paralysis. The Red Sea Walkman is a solitary creature that spends most of its time lying in wait for prey to come within striking distance. It feeds on a variety of small fish, crustaceans, and other invertebrates.