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Baby fish mimics flatworm

By Leonard Ho - Posted May 22, 2012 08:00 AM
In nature, the only thing that may challenge symbiosis for "cool factor" is mimicry. And a juvenile sole fish imitating a flatworm might just be the coolest mimicry ever. Anna and Ned DeLoach once again share amazing sea life information with Advanced Aquarist.
Baby fish mimics flatworm

A flatworm or nudibrach? Nope! This is a baby sole fish.

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On the northwest coast of Bali, Indonesia, our good friends at shot video of one of nature's great mimicry acts: A tiny, thumbnail-sized juvenile sole (Soleichthys maculosus) masquerading as a colorful (and toxic) polyclad flatworm.

Tell us that wasn't one of the coolest things you've ever seen!  Learn more at  Our thanks to Ned and Anna and the entire blennywatcher team for sharing this information and for their talented work exploring and documenting tropical sea life.

Thaumoctopus mimicus, eat your heart out!

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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