Atlantic Batfish (Dibranchus atlanticus)

Also known as Deep-sea Batfishes, Handfishes, Seabats, Walking Batfish

Description

Also known as Deepsea Batfish, Handfishes, Seabats, Walking Batfish.

Found singly resting on the bottom or partially covered in mud or sand close to reef edges in both shallow and very deep waters.
They feed on invertebrates, bivalve molluscs, sea spiders and worms.
Length - 38cm
Depth - 45-1300m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean

These batfishes with their depressed circular/triangular bodies are poor swimmers and have adapted for a life style of crawling about on the sea floor using their pelvic fins and arm like Pectoral fins. They have a small lure on their snout to attract their prey, the lure becomes shorter with age. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/4956

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