Finally. Genetic modification done right.
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Not bad for a fish that doesn't actually move around much!
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Video: Branko Milovanovic
Their huge, sail-like dorsal fin is little help when it comes to swift or efficient swimming but if you're a fish who doesn't want to look like a fish, then looking like something that can't even swim is pretty clever. Leaf Scopionfish will even sway in the current to complete the effect.
They come in a vast array of colours, almost none of which have anything to do with a green leaf. They can also change colour over the course of a few days should they need to. And if things get really bad then the whole "scorpion" bit comes into play, what with the venomous spines in their fins.
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If all goes well, a Leaf Scorpionfish can remain so incredibly still for so incredibly long that he'll make like a stone and get covered in algae and hydroids. That's not as problematic as it sounds since Leaf Scorpionfish shed their skin every few weeks.
That's one way of keeping up appearances!