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Reef Stonefish, off Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea by Erik Schlogl

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Reef Stonefish (Synanceia verrucosa), off Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. This is my favourite shot of this species, as the shape of the fish is clearly recognisable while still showing how incredibly well camouflaged they are. The spines on the back contain a toxin that is among the strongest of all the fishes.

500 views as at December 3rd, 2011.

Nikon D300s, 60mm Micro Nikkor, ISO 200, f/16 at 1/60 sec in RAW, Seacam housing, two Seacam flashes.

Featured in the RedBubble group Absolute Clarity.


  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 4 years ago

    Awesome- superb colour and detail,would frighten some fish away lol!

  • Thank you – though it has to rely on being invisible to other fishes, not frightening them away :-) It would starve if a meal didn’t occasionally swim very close to its mouth…

    – Erik Schlogl

  • yook
    yookabout 4 years ago

    These are just amazing.
    Totally brilliant shot.
    Would make a great shot for a marine I.D book.

  • Thanks!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 4 years ago

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 2 years ago

    2 March 2013 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 2 years ago

    a beautiful picture and a strange creature

  • Thank you very much for the feature!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréalmost 2 years ago

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