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Atlantic Lizardfish

Synodus intermedius

Description:

Body elongated, brownish gray on the head and upper trunk. The belly is light. Upper end of the gill cover with a dark spot. Side of body with about eight reddish-brown cross-bands, widest at the lateral line and extending downward. Body with thin yellow-gold stripes

Habitat:

Tom Owens Cay, Belize

Notes:

Easily missed because they remain absolutely still and blend into their surroundings by changing their skin color to match it. A Sand Diver can pale to almost white, or darken to mimic a colorful reef or sponge. Their body shape says speed and their large mouth, filled with rows of needle sharp teeth means they can strike their prey swiftly and silently. Find them sitting on rocks or partially buried in the sand. Can be observed in water as shallow as 5 feet.

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joanbstanley
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joanbstanley

Belize

Spotted on Oct 14, 2013
Submitted on Nov 19, 2013

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