Lizardfish, Synodus sp fluorescencing

Lizardfish, Synodus sp fluorescencing

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Credit: LOUISE MURRAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Lizardfish bury themselves in the sand leaving only their eyes and nostrils out. Perfectly camouflaged during the day, these predators lie in wait and eat small fish. The blue light at night reveals their fluorescent yellow pigments which makes them highly visible. Tondoba Bay, Marsa Alam, Red Sea, Egypt. Many 'lie in wait' or ambush predators fluoresce strongly under blue light. It is not known why

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Keywords: africa egypt, ambush predator, biofluorescent, bluelight, camouflage, dark, diving, eyes, fish, fluorescence, fluorescent, lizardfish, marsa alam, night, photography, photopigment, red sea, sand, synodus sp, tondoba bay, ultraviolet, underwater, yellow

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