BATFISH
OGCOCEPHALIDAE
Shortnose Batfish
Ogcocephalus nasatus
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
Ben (S, M) to 38 Cru, Wor, Pisc, Veg I F
Shortnose Batfish
Description:
Unicorn like horn between eyes. Mottled reddish-brown to tan, but can have darks spots, white lines etc. Relative length of horn diminishes with age. 2 dark bands on tail. Possess a small lure between the "horn" and upper lip. Circular gill opening with membrane in pectoral axilla. Head and body with conical tubercles. Pectoral fin black at tips, under surface of the tip of this fin's rays become a fleshy pad.

Ecology
Inhabits flat bottoms of sand, coral rubble, seagrass or mud. Occurs from water's edge to at least 275 m depth. Feeds on molluscs, crabs, fishes, polychaete worms and algae.

Life Cycle
Eggs and larvae are pelagic and metamorphose upon reaching the bottom
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