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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.
Reef-associated; Western Pacific distribution. Known to inhabit inshore, muddy or sandy areas, estuaries and coastal slopes.
Spotted this cute fish in about 20m of water at the Dayang Beach dive site. It measured about 10cm long.
Spotted on Oct 6, 2012
Submitted on Oct 9, 2012
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