Red Lipped Batfish - No more lipstick
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Red Lipped Batfish - No more lipstick

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Description

The fish has red lips and fins made for walking the seafloor near the Galápagos Islands.
The red-lipped batfish is one of some 60 species of batfishes, “flattened” from life on the seafloor and adapted to walk on modified pectoral and pelvic fins. 

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Like other anglerfishes, batfishes also use a built-in fishing rod snout, equipped with a retractable appendage.
Batfish are not good swimmers; they use their pectoral fins to "walk" on the ocean floor.
Vertebrae - Squamation shagreenlike and relatively smooth;bucklers obscured by a covering of fine spinules. Has a shorter disk margin compared to porrectus but higher modal pectoral fin ray count, 15.
Max length : 20.3 cm SL male/unsexed



Habitat
It can usually be found around the Galapagos Islands, reef-associated habitat, at depth range 3 - 76 m.It can also be found in Southeast Pacific, south to Peru.

 

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Diet
The species is a piscivore / invertivore, mainly feeding on other small fish and small crustaceans like shrimps and mollusks.


Breeding
Unknown


Interesting facts
• This photogenic fish has red lips and fins made for walking the seafloor near the Galápagos Islands
• Batfishes also use a built-in fishing rod snout, equipped with a retractable appendage.
• When the batfish reaches adulthood, its dorsal fin becomes a single spine-like projection that lures prey.


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Sources :
http://www.fishbase.org/summary/8199
http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/photos/strange-looking-sea-creatures/#/unusual-looking09-red-lipped-batfish_23813_600x450.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Red-lipped_Bat_fish.jpg
http://astronomy-to-zoology.tumblr.com/post/38097775810/galapagos-batfish-ogcocephalus-darwini-also
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