Northern Stargazer (Astroscopus guttatus)

Also known as Popeye Fish, Pop-eyed Fish, Tube-nosed Stargazer

Description

Also known as Popeye Fish, Pop-eyed Fish, Tube-nosed Stargazer.

Found singly sometimes partially buried with just the head and eyes showing wiggling their lure to attract their prey over rubble, sand and silty bottoms of coastal waters and lagoons.
They feed on benthic fish and invertebrates.
Length - 59cm
Depth - 2-36m
Widespread Western Atlantic

The name stargazer comes from the fact the eyes are positioned on top of their heads! They are usually found buried in the sand with just their heads showing waiting to ambush their unsuspecting prey as they swim passed!
Stargazer possess electric organs located in a specialized pouch behind the eyes and can discharge up to 50 volts, depending on the temperature of the water at the time! Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/3703

4 comments

  1. Posted by lia
    December 05, 2019 at 02:06 am - 1 person found this useful.

    hi im writing because i just need to know what are the predators of the northern stargazer fish ?? im wondering because i have an interest in these fish so i need to know stat and i heard this is the best website to find facts on fish... --Lia a follower of WHATSTHATFISH

  2. Posted by Me
    March 12, 2015 at 07:48 am - 1 person found this useful.

    Hi im writing a information report on the Northern Stargazer and I was wondering if they had any predators? I would really appreciate any answer. LOL Me

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