Sargassum fish

Sargassum fish

Z605/0353 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 53.0MB

Downloadable file size: 4.7MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: ANDREW G. WOOD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sargassum fish. Sargassum fish (Histrio histrio) camouflaged amongst fronds of sargassum seaweed (Sargassum sp.). This fish is covered in fleshy appendages which resemble the seaweed in which it lives. The imitation of plants by animals is known as phytomimesis. This camouflage allows it to lie in wait for other fish, its main prey, which it engulfs by rapidly opening its mouth wide, sucking the prey in. The camouflage also hides it from its own predators. When threatened, this fish has been known to inflate itself by gulping water. Photographed off Hawaii, USA.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: animal, bony fish, camouflage, cryptic colouration, fish, hawai'i, hawaii, hiding, histrio histrio, marine, nature, phytomimesis, pisces, sargassum, sargassum fish, sargassum sp., sea, seaweed, wildlife, zoology

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.