Ocellated Waspfish (Apistus carinatus)

Also known as Bearded Waspfish, Bullrout, Longfin Waspfish, Long-finned Waspfish, Ring-tailed Waspfish, Stonefish, Sulky, Waspfish

Description

Also known as Bearded Waspfish, Bullrout, Longfin Waspfish, Long-finned Waspfish, Ring-tailed Waspfish, Stonefish, Sulky, Waspfish.

Found singly over soft sandy bottoms, burying itself during the day with just the eyes showing out hunting for food at night.
They feed nocturnally on small fish and shrimps by using their fins to corner their prey and using their barbels to detect prey buried in the substrate.
Length - 20cm
Depth - 14-60m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

The Ocellated Waspfish spreads its long Pectoral fins/wings to deter predators.

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. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Apistus-carinatus.html

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