Synanceia alula lives in prime camouflage in protected offshore reefs and estuaries, where it patiently waits for its prey.
Divers and snorkelers should avoid getting too close to stonefish and use macro lenses for underwater photography.
Stonefish have spines on their backs that have two venom glands, these spines are for defense only.
Prey that approach the rockfish, which is not initially recognized as a predator, cannot escape the powerful suction created when the rockfish's mouth opens and are sucked in at lightning speed,
Checklist of the marine and estuarine fishes of New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean, with 810 new records
Andréfouët, Serge, Chen, Wei-Jen, Kinch, Jeff, Mana, Ralph, Russell, Barry C., Tully, Dean & White, William T., 2019
Zootaxa 4588 (1), pp. 1-360