Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Weird and Wonderful: Louisiana pancake batfish

Tom Stubbs

The Louisiana pancake batfish (Halieutichthys intermedius) is a strange-looking fish with a massive head, round flat body and limb-like pectoral fins. These pectoral fins are used to ‘walk’ along the sea floor. The pancake batfish attracts prey with a fleshy ‘lure’ on its snout. This bottom-dwelling fish species was only discovered in 2010 and it is restricted to the northern Gulf of Mexico. Happy Pancake Day!