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Flatheads Gurnards Scorpionfishes and Relatives: Scorpaeniformes

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Conservation Status, Oriental Helmet Gurnard (dactyloptena Orientalis): Species AccountsGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, FLATHEADS G

ORIENTAL HELMET GURNARD (Dactyloptena orientalis): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
RED LIONFISH (Pterois volitans): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
LINGCOD (Ophiodon elongatus): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Gurnards, flatheads, scorpionfishes, greenlings, and sculpins live in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans.

Most gurnards, flatheads, scorpionfishes, greenlings, and sculpins live near the shore, but some live in deep water. Some of these fishes live in mud or sandy bottoms. Others live in rocky habitats and coral reefs.

Gurnards, flatheads, scorpionfishes, greenlings, and sculpins eat crustaceans, such as crabs and shrimp, and smaller fishes. Crustaceans (krus-TAY-shuns) are water-dwelling animals that have jointed legs and a hard shell but no backbone. Some sculpins eat seaweed.

Flatheads, greenlings, and sculpins are eaten. Lionfishes, scorpionfishes, and sculpins are popular in aquariums.

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Animal Life ResourceFish and Other Cold-Blooded Vertebrates