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2009-02-25 07:00:00

A new elusive species of fish with eyes on the side of its head and freaky characteristics like a fleshy chin and cheeks has been given a name. "Psychedelica" appears to be the perfect name for a species of fish that is a mix of tan and peach zebra stripes, according to University of Washington's Ted Pietsch, who is the first to describe the new species in the scientific literature. The bizarre species called Histiophryne psychedelica made the headlines a year ago when divers discovered the...

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2008-04-03 09:30:00

A fish that would rather crawl into crevices than swim, and that may be able to see in the same way that humans do, could represent an entirely unknown family of fishes, says a University of Washington fish expert. The fish, sighted in Indonesian waters off Ambon Island, has tan- and peach-colored zebra-striping, and rippling folds of skin that obscure its fins, making it look like a glass sculpture that Dale Chihuly might have dreamed up. But far from being hard and brittle like glass, the...


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Butler’s Frogfish, Tathicarpus butleri
2013-10-15 10:45:52

The Butler’s Frogfish (Tathicarpus butleri), known also as the blackspot anglerfish, is a rare species of frogfish belonging to the family Antennariidae. The only member of its genus, this species is the most derived member of its family, representing a separate lineage from all other frogfishes, leading to some consideration of it being placed in its own family. It can be found off the southern coast of New Guinea, and along the coasts of Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and...

Psychedelic frogfish, Histiophryne psychedelica
2013-03-28 14:20:18

The psychedelic frogfish is found only around Ambon Island, Indonesia at depths of 16 - 23 feet in coral rubble about 66 feet from the shoreline. This fish was discovered in 1992 amongst a shipment of assorted fish that was delivered to the Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park. But was not observed or photographed in the wild until 2008. The psychedelic frogfish was named one of the top ten new species discovered in 2009 by Arizona State University's International Institute for Species Exploration...

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2007-03-26 13:48:17

The Pink frogmouth, Chaunax pictus, is a sea toad of the family Chaunacidae, found circumglobally on continental shelves and slopes in tropical to temperate waters (except the Caribbean Sea), at depths of between 656.17 and 2165.35 ft (200 and 660 m). Its length is up to 15.75 in (40 cm). The pink frogmouth is moderately elongated compared to most other frogfishes, with a rough scaleless skin with many small filaments attached. Large limb-like pectoral fins are set behind the very small...

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2007-02-21 16:26:44

The Sargassumfish, Histrio histrio, is a frogfish of the family Antennariidae, found close to the surface amongst floating sargassum weed in all subtropical oceans. Its length is up to 7.87 in (20 cm). The Sargassumfish has numerous fleshy weed-like dermal appendages which allow it to blend in with the floating sargassum weed in which it is usually found. It is a deep-bodied shapeless species, with long and thickened pectoral and pelvic fins which serve as limbs allowing the fish to 'walk'...

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2007-02-21 16:09:08

The striated frogfish, Antennarius striatus, is a frogfish of the family Antennariidae, found in all subtropical oceans, to depths of between 32.81 and 688.98 ft (10 and 210 m). Its length is up to 9.84 in (25 cm). The striated frogfish inhabits rocky and coral reefs, on rocks, sand or rubble, and is also found in weedy estuaries along the east coast of southern Africa. In the Atlantic, it is found at an average depth of 131.23 ft (40 m). Observed to inflate itself greatly like the...

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