Ghost Velvetfish (Cocotropus larvatus)

Also known as Little Velvetfish


Also known as Little Velvetfish.

Found singly, secretive, and well camouflaged, on rubble and sandy bottoms, of seaward reefs and outer reef slopes.
They feed on crabs, fish, and shrimps.
Length - 7cm
Depth - 4-40m
Widespread East Indian Ocean, Western Pacific

Velvetfish are named because instead of scales they have microscopic bristles which give the velvety skin texture. Some have venomous spines. Ref:


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