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Video of amazing frogfish and scorpionfish

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jul 24, 2012 09:00 AM
Ambush predators have some of the most elaborate camouflage found on Earth. Take scorpionfish and frogfish for example. Scorpionfish are as beautiful as they are venomous. And the camouflage of the frogfish at 1:45 is simply mind-blowing.

Bottom-dwelling ambush reef predators rely on camouflage and patience to catch their dinner.  Their body forms are ill suited to chase down even the slowest of fish.  To catch their meal, frogfish and scorpionfish blend into the substrate by pretending to be algae or sponges and patiently wait for unsuspecting prey to swim by.

This video was shot by Maxim Tretyakov in Tubbataha reefs and Puerto Galera, Philippines, May 2012.

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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