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How does the stonefish protect itself?
Through its dorsal fin spines, the stonefish can inject a venom that is capable of killing an adult person in less than an hour. While this camouflage gives them further protection from predators, its primary purpose is to allow stonefish to ambush their prey.
What is the special defense of the stonefish?
Now, a new study has revealed that stonefish have another fearsome and unique defense mechanism: specialized bones on the cheek just below each eye socket which work essentially like switchblades.
How do stonefish camouflage?
Stonefish and scorpionfish are so effectively camouflaged by their appearance, they expend little physical energy hunting their prey. Their mottled and knobby skin texture covered in algae-like fuzz combined with their complete stillness allows prey to get just a little too close — and SNAP!
How does stonefish venom work?
The venom of the stonefish is a protein stored in the dorsal fine spines. The stings produced by the spines induce intense pain, respiratory arrest, damage to the cardiovascular system, convulsions and skeletal muscle paralysis, sometimes leading to death (Saunders, 1959; Breton et al., 2002; Khoo, 2002).
Can you survive a stonefish?
According to the National Institutes of Health in the USA “stonefish are one of the most venomous fish in the world with potential fatal local and systemic toxicity effects to humans.” Even if treated promptly, recovery from a stonefish sting “usually takes about 24 to 48 hours.”
Is there an antivenom for stonefish?
However the only commercially available antivenom is against the Indo-Pacific stonefish Synanceja trachynis Stonefish Antivenom (SFAV).
Can you survive a stonefish sting?
What should I do if I get stung by a stonefish?
Stonefish and other stinging fish
- Call an ambulance.
- Immerse the affected area in hot water to relieve pain.
- DO NOT apply a pressure immobilisation bandage.
- Leave any barbs or spines in place and place padding around them.
What is poisonous on a stonefish?
Stonefish have 13 spines lining its back that release venom under pressure. If you inadvertently step on a stonefish thinking it’s a harmless rock, it will pop up its dorsal spines and release venom from two sacs at the base of each spine. Unsurprisingly, the more venom that is injected, the worse it is for you.