Indian Leaf Fish (Ablabys binotatus)

Also known as Cockatoo Rougefish, Indian Ocean Waspfish, Redskinfishes

Description

Also known as Cockatoo Rougefish, Indian Ocean Waspfish, Redskinfishes.

Found singly or in pairs often rocking back and forth to resemble a leaf on shallow, soft bottoms amongst algae, sponges and weeds of seaward reefs.
They feed nocturnally on benthic fish and invertebrates.
Length - 15cm
Depth - 1-25m
Widespread Western Indian Ocean

Although related to Scorpionfish these are entirely harmless.

Waspfish can be distinguished from the Leaf Fish that belongs to the Scorpionfish family, by the Dorsal Fins that begin above or in the front of the eyes.
Most species sway back and forth to mimic debris as they wait for their victims to venture close.
Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/8049

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