Almost all scorpaenoids are benthic predators that are found in rocky, sea grass, or coral habitats. Basically, scorpionfishes can be found in any topographically complex environment, where they can use their cryptic coloration and appendages to hide. Typically, sea robins, which are not as cryptic, are more common on sandy, rocky, or muddy habitats. Finally, the deep-water or midwater setarchids and armored gurnards are benthic species that are found at depths up to 6,562 ft (2,000 m), although most species are found at less than 2,297 ft (700 m).

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