Scorpaena cardinalis is (very) poisonous and the poison can kill you under circumstances!!!
If you want to keep Scorpaena cardinalis, inform yourself about the poison and its effects before buying. Keep a note with the telephone number of the poison emergency call and all necessary information about the animal next to your aquarium so that you can be helped quickly in an emergency.
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Scorpaena cardinalis (Solander & Richardson 1842)
Scorpaena cardinalis, colloquially known as the eastern red scorpionfish or grandfather hapuku, occurs in inshore waters of the continental shelf around northern New Zealand, the Kermadec Islands, the offshore islands of the Tasman Sea, along the eastern and and soutern coast of Australia.
The eastern red scorpionfish occupies various habitats from shallow estuaries to deep offshore reefs and is common on the rocky coastal reefs of New South Wales/Australia. As with most scorpionfishes, Scorpaena cardinalis has a prominent head with spiny ridges, a large mouth and venomous fin spines. The species has cryptic and highly variable colouration, ranging from dull grey–brown to bright red. It is an ambush predator that feeds on small fish and crustaceans, which it swallows whole.
Species: Scorpaena cardinalis
Synonym: Scorpaena cookii (Günther, 1874)
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