Spotted Stargazer - Genyagnus monopterygius

The spotted stargazer is of the family Uranoscopidae. It can be found at depths down to 100 m and grows to 45 cm. The eyes and large mouth both face upward and its skin is scaleless. Stargazers bury into the bottom concealing themselves from worms, molluscs and small fish. The Stargazer lunges forward thrusting downward with the wide spread pectoral fins to catch its prey by engulfing the snack in its large mouth.

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Spotted Stargazer
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