Ugliest fish in the world - batfish

Ugliest fish in the world - polka-dot batfish

Ogcocephalus radiatus or the polka-dot batfish is an arrow-shaped fish with an elongated thin tail. It is dorso-ventrally flattened with round pectoral fins that sit flat on the bottom of the sea floor. It uses its pectoral fins and pelvic fins to "walk" along the bottom in a side-to-side shuffling motion. The polka-dot batfish is a bottom-dwelling fish that can measure up to 38 cm from head to tail. The polka-dot batfish preys on juvenile fish, crabs, shrimps, molluscs, and worms. It hunts by clinging to the bottom with its pectoral fins and wiggling the moveable, modified dorsal fin beneath its rostrum to attract prey. The rostrum also contains a chemical that helps attract the prey. When the prey is sufficiently close, it snatches the victim with its circular mouth. They sit and wait for their prey to come to them instead of chasing after their prey. They are very stealthy and stalk their prey before attacking

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