Project Description

Long-spined Sea Scorpion

Scientific name: Taurulus bubalis
Size: Up to 20cm long
Colour: Can change colour to match background
Habitat: Mainly in rockpools, or rocky ground amongst algae up to 30m deep

  • They are difficult to spot due to their excellent camouflage.
  • Using their camouflage, they wait in ambush to snatch small animals, such as prawns.
  • You need to be careful while handling them as they have small spines around their gills.

Photo credit: Paul Naylor