Black-banded Flathead (Rogadius patriciae)

Also known as Crocodilefish, Patricia's Flathead

Description

Also known as Crocodilefish, Patricia's Flathead.

Found singly buried with just their heads showing or resting over mud, rubble and sandy bottoms of bays and coastal reefs.
They feed nocturnally on fish and swimming invertebrates.
Length - 27cm
Depth - 14-100m
Widespread Western Pacific

Flatheads are closely related to Scorpionfish.
Their eyes are covered by a tasselled curtain which helps to disguise them from predators. The tassels expand and contract with intensity of light. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Rogadius-patriciae

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