Psychedelic fish

By Guido Trombetta on 4:37 PM , ,

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I'm still amazed by the Barreleye Fish I spoke about in the previous post and another funny odd fish have been discovered already. To be precise it has been discovered one year ago in the waters off Ambon island, Indonesia, but only in these days it has been classified as a new species with the name of Histiophryne Psychedelica, and if you see his swirl of tan and peach zebra stripes that extend from its aqua eyes to its tail you can easily undestand the reason of the name "Psychedelica". But it's not only this, infact this fish seems to jump chaotically on the seafloor like a crazy rubberball, and therefore deserve its nicknames "Psychedelic Fish" and "DiscoFish"!


David Hall, AP

The fish is a member of the antennariid genus, Histiophryne, a kind of fish known as frogfish that are really bizarree for having fins on both sides of their body that have evolved to be leg-like.
Our Psychedelic Frogfish however has several behavioral traits not previously known to the other frogfish. Each time the fish strike the seabed, for instance, it pushes off with their fins and expels water from tiny gill openings to jet himself forward. That, and an off-centered tail, causes them to bounce around in a bizarre, chaotic manner.


David Hall, AP

For more info about this outstanding animals visit the University of Whashington webpage about it


David Hall, AP

Take a look to the Psychedelic Fish in action:



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