Red Gurnard (Chelidonichthys kumu)

Also known as Bluefin Gurnard, Flying Fish, Grunt Fish

Description

Also known as Bluefin Gurnard, Flying Fish, Grunt Fish.

Found singly resting or walking over sandy and shell seabeds of estuaries and over the continental shelves.
They feed on crustaceans, small fish and worms.
Can vary in depth of colour when threatened from cream with brown blotches to red, hence it's common name!
Length - 50cm
Depth - 1-200m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

The pelvic fins act like legs as the fish walks along the bottom of the ocean. They also grunt or make chirping noises by expelling gas from their bladders. French term for the word Gurnard means to grunt. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Chelidonichthys-kumu

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