Batfish (no, I don’t know why they’re called that) are another type of anglerfish similar to frogfish. They’re both benthic (bottom-dweller) fish that have adapted some of their fins to act more like feet and walk along the bottom, but where the frogfish uses its lure to visually attract prey by looking like something to eat, the batfish’s lure is actually used to shoot a spray of chemical to lure crustaceans and worms up from the sand where the batfish can grab it.

I am not certain on the ID on these. They are most likely Shortnose Batfish (Ogcocephalus nasutus), but there is a possibility that they are Polka-dot Batfish (Ogcocephalus radiatus) or Roughback Batfish (Ogcocephalus parvus) – my photos don’t always include everything I would need to ID completely.

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  1. Jason

    September 16, 2021 at 10:23pm

    maybe they’re called Batfish because they carry shark-repellent spray 😉

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  2. Laura Kushner

    September 27, 2021 at 8:08pm

    Some great shots. The way to tell it the front fins. The ones they stand on. If they have that honeycomb pattern, they are Polka-dot. If not likely Longnose, Shortnose or Roughback in that order.

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