Sunday, 11 January 2015

Creature 103: Ogcocephalus darwini

A fish with makeup
Ogcocephalus darwini is known as the Red-Lipped Batfish because they are batfish and they have red lips. When I say red lips, I mean really red:

Despite being fish, they are actually not very good at swimming and rely mostly on crawling along the ocean floor on their bony jointed fins. That nose-like projection on the top of their head is actually a lure which is bio-luminescent. It attracts prey towards it in much the same way that the angler fish hunts. They live fairly close to the water's surface compared with other bio luminescent fish, which usually live in the aphotic zones of the ocean. Red-Lipped Batfish live at depths of 3 m or deeper.

Red-Lipped Batfish are found off the coast of the Galapagos Islands and the Cocos Islands (Costa Rican Cocos Islands, Not the Indian ocean Cocos Islands).

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Lophiiformes
Family: Ogcocephalidae
Genus: Ogcocephalus
Species: Ogcocephalus darwini

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