Reef Lizardfish (Synodus variegatus)

Also known as Engleman's Lizardfish, Fowler's Lizardfish, Hoult's Lizardfish, Pointhead Lizardfish, Red Lizardfish, Redband Lizardfish, Sand Diver, Scalycheek Lizardfish, Short-nosed Lizardfish, Twospot Lizardfish, Variegated Lizardfish

Description

Also known as Engleman's Lizardfish, Fowler's Lizardfish, Hoult's Lizardfish, Pointhead Lizardfish, Red Lizardfish, Redband Lizardfish, Sand Diver, Scalycheek Lizardfish, Short-nosed Lizardfish, Twospot Lizardfish, Variegated Lizardfish.

Found singly or in pairs half buried or resting on sandy bottoms over deep lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on crustaceans and small fish.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 3-120m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Lizardfish are experts at camouflage, they lie in wait for their prey lying on top of the sand or buried with just their heads showing. Their jaws have one or more lines of needle-like teeth.
They grab their victims with lightening speed often taking quite large prey. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Synodus-variegatus

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