Batfish • Batfish

A bottom trawl was used to sample areas of the Batfish with no obstructions or overhangs. One tow collected two species of batfishes.

Batfish, any of about 60 species of fishes of the family Ogcocephalidae , found in warm and temperate seas. Batfishes have broad, flat heads and slim bodies and are covered with hard lumps and spines.

Some species have an elongated, upturned snout. Batfishes grow at most about 36 cm (14 inches) long. They are poor swimmers and usually walk on the bottom on thickened, limblike pectoral and pelvic fins. Most live in the deep sea, but some inhabit shallow water.


Islands in the Stream: May 10 – October 3, 2001

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