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Spiny Leaf-fish

Ablabys macracanthus

Description:

Also known as Spiny Waspfish, this reef fish relies on camouflage to escape detection by potential predators. It not only looks like a leaf but also "behaves" like a dead leaf being buffeted by the current. This species grows to a maximum of about 20cm in length. It has a more pointed anterior fin (compared to other species of its genus) and more anal fin rays.

Habitat:

Reef-associated; Western Pacific distribution. Known to inhabit inshore, muddy or sandy areas, estuaries and coastal slopes.

Notes:

Spotted this cute fish in about 20m of water at the Dayang Beach dive site. It measured about 10cm long.

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6 Comments

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 8 years ago

It's so cool... Awesome..

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 8 years ago

Gorgeous and amazing!

What an amazing creature!

nexttogone
nexttogone 8 years ago

Wicked!

Blogie
Blogie 8 years ago

Thanks Jolly! Just updated the spotting with a video.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Very unusual spotting Blogie. Beautiful

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 6, 2012
Submitted on Oct 9, 2012

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