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The Strange Red Lipped Batfish

I don’t think this fish belongs to Batman. It is an odd-looking fish that seems to be wearing red lipstick. Researchers think that the purpose of red lips in the male fish is to attract the female. The scientific name is Ogocecephalus darwini named after Darwin.

The red-lipped batfish has a broad head and its body has large gnarled lumps. One of the strangest things about this fish is that it does not swim well. Using their fins they can walk on the ocean floor. Their dorsal fin is a single spine-like projection with which they can lure prey. They make their home in the Galapagos Islands. Their diet consists of crabs, mollusks, and shrimp.

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