Originally found in tropical waters ranging from Japan to Australia, the batfish has also been recorded off the coast of Florida, possibly as a result of individuals from home aquariums being dumped into the sea.
However, they probably won't get to spend much time together as the sea robins are going into our open-topped sandy seabed display while the batfish is destined for our tropical reef display.
To ensnare meals, the batfish
"has the most remarkable lure-like appendage in its forehead, just below the rostrum," says McCosker.
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Two new species of pancake batfish
have been found in the Gulf of Mexico near the Deepwater Horizon oil leak.
The blobfish is considered one of the world's ugliest creatures, along with the naked mole rat, the red-lipped batfish
and the warthog
Sinister SE A LIFE scaries during October 28-30 at the Birmingham SEA LIFE Centre will feature a terror trail past ghastly ghost fish, spooky batfish
and other fishy frights.
Three were new records for PNG: stingray, Dasyatis bennetti (specimen disc width 650 mm); frogfish, Kuiterichthys furcipilis (specimen TL 53 mm); and batfish
, Drepane longimana (specimen TL 168 mm).
It is also home to the biggest batfish
and lionfish I have ever seen, along with millions of glassfish which part gracefully to allow you to swim through.