Ocellated waspfish

Ocellated waspfish

The ocellated waspfish, Apistus carinatus, has extremely venemous spines. It inhabits sandy bottoms, burying itself during the day and spreading its large pectoral fins when disturbed. It sways back and forth to mimic debris while it waits for its victims. Waspfish eat smaller fish or invertebrates. The spines on their chin are called barbels, and they’re used to sense prey.

Waspfish are nocturnal, which means they’re mostly active at night. Sea hares are supposedly nocturnal, but they’ll go crazy for Plocamium (red algae) any time of day. They munch away on algae like hares, while waspfish can sting like wasps.


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