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Psychadelic Frogfish Videos

Last April we brought you images of a newly discovered frogfish with some unusual characteristics. Here are two videos of the Histiophryne psychedelica in action. After almost a year it has been confirmed, by the way, that this fish is indeed a new species to science.


When the fish opens its mouth for the second time, hit play on the Darkside of the Moon.


It bounces off of coral like a superball!

Comments

  1. #1 Irradiatus
    March 2, 2009

    I just can’t get over those pectoral fins…

    Seriously, they look like arms – with an elbow an everything. In that second video, when it landed in a crevice it stuck them out to grab the walls like someone climbing or bracing themselves.

    Stunning!

    It wasn’t clear to me what it was doing with all that yawning. It was almost as if it was trying to suck in particulates – but it didn’t really close it’s mouth in quite the way I would expect if it was feeding (it looked like any water sucked in would be blown right back out).

    That’s a very weird fish!

  2. #2 Sven DiMilo
    March 2, 2009

    Thanks for these cool videos, and I do enjoy your blog, but the biopedant in me can’t resist:

    Here are two videos of the Histiophryne psychedelica in action.

    1.) the Latin binomial really does have to be in italics. Congratulations on the correct capitalization, however. 2.) no “the.” Should read:
    …videos of Histiophryne psychedelica

  3. #3 Myles
    March 3, 2009

    Irradiatus beat me to it on both points, but I’m not sure I can support Sven dimilo‘s comment. ;)

  4. #4 ym
    March 4, 2009

    life is stranger than fiction

  5. #5 FREE PHOTOS
    March 5, 2009

    It wasn’t clear to me what it was doing with all that yawning. It was almost as if it was trying to suck in particulates – but it didn’t really close it’s mouth in quite the way I would expect if it was feeding (it looked like any water sucked in would be blown right back out).

  6. #6 Zach Miller
    March 12, 2009

    Frogfish are fantastically wierd.

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