Monday, 10 August 2015

Seldom seen Straited or Hairy Frogfish takes a walk on camera

The Striated or Hairy Frogfish has a secretive lifestyle that involves using the hair-like projections from its body, which are called spinules and which change colour to suit the animal's surroundings, to merge with the coral or the ocean's sandy bottom.

There it can lurk, unseen, and attract its prey by waving a special adaptation above it's large mouth to act like a fishing lure.

The Striated Frogfish, one of a number of different types of frogfish found around the world, is not a good swimmer, preferring to relocate by using its side fins, which are jointed like a mammal's fingers or toes, to walk across the seabed.






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