rare frong fish in indian ocean comoros islands
travel photography, underwater world

frogfish mimicry on a reef

rare frong fish in indian ocean comoros islands
Frog fish on reef wall in dappled red color like the surrounding rocks, underwater mimicry of frog fish

The unusual appearance of the frogfish is designed to conceal it from predators and sometimes to mimic a potential meal to its prey. In ethology, the study of animal behavior, this is known as aggressive mimicry. Their unusual shape, color, and skin textures disguise frogfish. Some resemble stones or coral while others imitate sponges, or sea squirts with dark splotches instead of holes. In 2005, a species was discovered, the striated frogfish, that mimics a sea urchin while the sargassumfish is colored to blend in with the surrounding sargassum.Some frogfish are covered with algae or hydrozoa. Their camouflage can be so perfect, that sea slugs have been known to crawl over the fish without recognizing them.Picture taken from high side.Rare frog fish of Indian Ocean in red cloor.

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