Leaf Scorpionfish

© Johan Boshoff

Name

Leaf Scorpionfish (Taenianotus)

Alias

Paperfish

Size

Leaf Scorpionfish measure 8cm on average, but can be up to 10cm long

Identification

Leaf Scorpionfish have flattened bodies and tiny heads. Their dorsal fins are in the shape of a sail, running continuously from above the eyes and connecting with the caudal fin. They differ in blotchy colours from tan to yellow, cream, red, brown and black.

General Info

Leaf Scorpionfish belong to the Taenianotus genus which comprises of a single species. Their name derives from the manner in which they move along with the surges in the water, much like a piece of paper. They rest on their dorsal fins on the corals or rocks.

These fish are difficult to spot because of their camouflaging colours, catching their prey by surprise. They shed their skin periodically and are pelagic spawners.

Feeding

Leaf Scorpionfish feed on small fish and crustaceans, such as shrimps or crabs

Distribution

They can be found in all tropical and temperate oceans across the world.

Common Species

Paperfish (Taenianotus triacanthus)