Shortnose Batfish (Ogcocephalus nasutus)

Also known as Deep-sea Batfish, Handfish, Longnose Batfish, Red-bellied Batfish, Seabat, Short-nosed Batfish, Slantbrow Batfish, Walking Batfish

Description

Also known as Deep-sea Batfish, Handfish, Longnose Batfish, Red-bellied Batfish, Seabat, Short-nosed Batfish, Slantbrow Batfish, Walking Batfish.

Found singly resting on or partially covered in sand over mud, rubble, sand and seagrass flat bottoms close to reef edges.
They feed on algae, fish, invertebrates and worms.
Length - 38cm
Depth - 0-300m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean

These batfishes with their depressed circular/triangular bodies are poor swimmers and have adapted for a life style of crawling about on the sea floor using their pelvic fins and arm like Pectoral fins. They have a small lure on their snout to attract their prey, the lure becomes shorter with age. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/3092

9 comments

  1. Posted by Stephanie P
    April 27, 2018 at 08:31 am - 1 person found this useful.

    March 2018 we came across one in Turks and Caicos off Sapodilla Beach. Little guy left everyone baffled. Thank you for the proper identification.

  2. Posted by Tammy Wright
    September 06, 2017 at 13:23 pm - 1 person found this useful.

    I came across one of these in the shallow waters of Ambergris Caye in March/April of 2014. Have been to Ambergris Caye 8 years in a row and only saw this fish once. None of the locals that I showed it to knew what it was and I unfortunately lost the camera I took the pictures with.

  3. Posted by Roland Bouchard
    February 27, 2017 at 11:59 am - 1 person found this useful.

    Saw one swimming in harbor on North Captiva Island in about 3 feet of water 2/26/2017.

  4. Posted by Monica
    June 27, 2016 at 03:24 am - 1 person found this useful.

    I actually own one of these. I don't think he is ugly at all he is quite fascinating actually. Very slow mover, swims to the top when he sees me coming so I can pet him.

  5. Posted by John H.
    May 02, 2016 at 11:54 am - 1 person found this useful.

    We saw one today while snorkeling off Smith Reef in Turks and Caicos. It was in maybe 6' of water and off in the sand and turtle grass. Quite the ugly fish!

  6. Posted by Lane
    April 19, 2016 at 05:35 am - 1 person found this useful.

    Found a dead one along the shoreline on the bay side of Cape San Blas, Florida. Very interesting scales. I thought it was some kind of barnacle.

  7. Posted by Jan Lynen
    March 30, 2016 at 11:02 am - 1 person found this useful.

    Hello, we saw one today while diving in the shallow water of Bonaire. We found him around 3 meters.

  8. Posted by Leslie
    September 30, 2015 at 19:17 pm - 1 person found this useful.

    Saw one yesterday during snorkling at a natural pool in morerĂ©, Bahia in Brazil! Really funny and weird and was not scared from us at all đ???

  9. Posted by Rick J
    May 31, 2015 at 13:04 pm - 1 person found this useful.

    Caught one of these while snorkeling off Siesta Key FL today. Very odd fish. I had never seen anything like it before. He sure was not afraid of us and never made a quick move to get away.

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