Indian Leaf Fish (Ablabys binotatus)

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

Description

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

Found singly or in pairs over shallow areas on soft bottoms amongst weeds, sponge and algae of seaward reefs.
They feed nocturnally on smaller fish and invertebrates.
Length - 15cm
Depth - 1-25m
Restricted to the Western Indian Ocean

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.
Extremely venomous.

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