Friday Deep Sea Picture: Rosy Lipped Batfish

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(image credit: Birgitte Wilms, National Geographic)

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(image credit: David Doubilet, National Geographic)

National Geographic says it best,

“Perpetually pouting with vermilion lips and probing with a hornlike proboscis, the shortnose batfish (Ogcocephalus nasutus) is not known for its grace. Most often it is seen half hopping, half lunging across the seafloor like an awkward amphibian. The “nose” acts as both shovel and fishing lure.”

Kevin Zelnio (870 Posts)


6 Replies to “Friday Deep Sea Picture: Rosy Lipped Batfish”

  1. I’m such a geek. I read batfish as bat’leth.

    But the fish was very much worth the click! I love bizarrely uniquely evolved body parts :)

  2. Wow; look at that think!

    I’m pretty sure there’s a mother-in-law joke in there somewhere.

  3. Thanks the link dave!

    “Resilience: Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 – 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.)”

    yikes!

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