Just saw this fish for the first time while watching the Shark Mountain documentary on PBS.
One of more than 60 different species of fishes found in warm sea, this fish has a broad head, slight body, and is covered in large gnarled lumps. Batfish are not good swimmers; they use their pectoral fins to "walk" on the ocean floor. When the batfish reaches adulthood, its dorsal fin becomes a single spine-like projection that lures prey. Batfish eat shrimps, mollusks, small fish, crabs, and worms.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Cool animal of the day
Red lipped Batfish (click for picture):
Posted by Hume's Ghost at 4/16/2006