Leaf Fish

Leaf Fish

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Credit: DANT FENOLIO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The Leaf Fish, Monocirrhus polyacanthus, is a cryptic fish living in slow backwaters of the Amazon Basin. It mimics the dead leaves so common to its habitat. With such a cryptic appearance, it waits for small fish to get too close and swallows them whole. This specimen was photographed in the Peruvian Amazon 2010.

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Keywords: actinopterygii, amazon basin, amazon leaf fish, amazon river, animal, animals, biological, biology, bony fish, camouflage, camouflaged, fish, fishes, fresh water, freshwater, leaf fish, leaf mimic, leaffish, mimic, mimicry, monocirrhus, monocirrhus polyacanthus, osteichthyes, perciformes, polycentridae, ray-finned fish, zoological, zoology

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