tisdag 28 augusti 2012

Red lipped batfish

The red-lipped batfish or Galapagos batfish (Ogcocephalus darwini) is an unusual looking fish found on the Galapagos Islands in depths of about 30m or even deeper. Red-lipped batfish are closely related to rosy-lipped batfish (Ogcocephalus porrectus), which are found near Cocos Island off the coast of Costa Rica. Both fish species look and behave very similarly to one another. This fish is mainly known for its bright red lips.
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. Similar to the anglerfish the Red-Lipped Batfish has a structure on its head known as illicium. This structure is employed for attracting prey.

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