Gvlgeologist, FCD says
23 September 2013 at 8:48 pm
I never thought I’d see the day that I’d see such a speciest comment here. Ugly according to whom? I’m very disappointed in you, PZ.
And, not parenthetically, I can literally not make heads nor tails of this. Looks like a piece of sponge rubber to me.
23 September 2013 at 9:02 pm
Ohhhh, but warty prowfish are adorable (entirely non-sarcastic comment from a die-hard ichthyologist).
23 September 2013 at 9:13 pm
entirely non-sarcastic comment from a die-hard ichthyologist
…and I add a vote up for this fish, and a for Neoclinus blanchardi.
just to be sarcastic about it, in a literal sense.
23 September 2013 at 9:14 pm
It looks like a diseased lung from high school health class videos. Eww!
I can literally not make heads nor tails of this.
It’s facing upwards; mouth is on upper right.
chigau (違う) says
23 September 2013 at 9:16 pm
I see it now.
23 September 2013 at 9:25 pm
Thanks, Ichthyic. I assume that the little brown dot towards the top is the eye?
To me, it looked like there was (vaguely) a face about 1/3 of the way down on the (as I now understand it) the ventral side, and I didn’t think that I could really be seeing that correctly.
Caine, Fleur du mal says
23 September 2013 at 9:35 pm
Looks like coral to me, so good camo on that fish.
Jafafa Hots says
23 September 2013 at 10:02 pm
Seems more efficient to me to have fish start out already battered and fried.
23 September 2013 at 10:41 pm
ahw, come on, that one is cute !
23 September 2013 at 11:09 pm
I have to go with fountain scholar. I think it’s beautiful.
24 September 2013 at 12:42 am
According to the Ozlandic Museum, Warty Prowlfish have been observed to shed their batter, I mean skin, like a snake.
24 September 2013 at 1:19 am
It looks as though the fish’s name is Andrew Newton. Happy with that.
24 September 2013 at 3:16 am
I had to stare at that fish for about 3 minutes before I could see the fishy structures. It kinda looks like a deep fried fish fillet.
David Marjanović says
24 September 2013 at 5:33 am
Is it camouflaged as a sponge, as a rock with barnacles on it, or both?
24 September 2013 at 6:05 am
And ‘warty prowfish’ is such a great name!!
Maybe I’ll change mine?.. Deed-poll anyone??
24 September 2013 at 6:38 am
I assume that the little brown dot towards the top is the eye?
24 September 2013 at 6:43 am
How can this be so hard? It took me probably less than three seconds to figure it out the first time I saw the picture, and now everytime I look at it, I just see a somewhat camouflaged fish. ;>
I guess it goes to show that seeing is learned behavior too.
I’ve seen vase sponges in the Caribbean that look similar. Note that it is standing on its tail, to give the impression it is planted in the sand.
example, though I’ve seen ones that look even closer:
24 September 2013 at 6:51 am
a phenomenon in ethology related to the concept of “search image”.
24 September 2013 at 7:39 am
I think it looks like it could be mistaken for a fillet that’s already been battered & fried.
24 September 2013 at 8:13 am
Ah, Sarcastic Fringehead. Now THAT is a common name! Way better than what was bestowed on poor old Pomatomus saltatrix. A shoaling predator which attacks and kills more than it can eat and a set of choppers than can neatly remove any digit and you call it a bluefish?! Were they called that before scientists realised these guys were basically saltwater piranhas?
24 September 2013 at 12:00 pm
I’ll add a vote for beautiful, really cool example of camouflage. I’ll also add a “how didn’t you see it?” Like a few of the others, I saw right away the structures that show it’s a fish.