Long-spined sea scorpion (Taurulus bubalis), Loch Carron - April 2015

A brightly coloured red form of the long-spined sea scorpion
The long-spined sea scorpion (Taurulus bubalis) is a common fish that appears in various colours to mimic its background. This one was a deep red colour and was photographed whilst diving in Loch Carron in Scotland. The distinctive barbels at at the corners of the mouth are a means of identification and help separate this species from the short-spined sea scorpion.

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