Rhinopias frondosa – a “gaudy” fish from the sea
36th edition of Marine Life monthly post. Marine Life post published every 19th of the month. It aims to share information about the marine life species and to promote their conservation. All images in this post are taken by Indah Susanti unless stated otherwise.
Can you see there is a fish in the following image?
Some scuba divers called the fish as a “gaudy” fish because of its striking pattern and spikes all over its body. Its real species name is Rhinopias frondosa and can be easily found in Ambon (Maluku, Indonesia). I have to add this gaudy fish is one of the weirdest fishes that I have ever seen. Their colors range from dark red and purple to yellow and lavender. I was lucky to see two of them in different colors. At least the lavender colored was less “weedy” than the yellow colored Rhinopias.
Rhinopias is a nocturnal ambush hunter, the fish is camouflage to capture its prey: smaller fishes and shrimps. It is rarely swimming, but it moves with their fins. The fish is highly venomous and its venom can be fatal. Just stay away from touching the fish when you see one in the ocean!
The fish is not a popular fish for consumption but it is a popular fish for aquarist because of its unique looks. The price of the rhinopias is not cheap, and as well its cost to care the fish. Anyone who wishes to keep the rhinopias in their aquarium has to consider its venom and as well their eating habits to eat other fishes and specific shrimps. Basically, I can buy a new camera (prime) lens for the cost of one rhinopias alone!
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It took a ltittle while before I actually saw the fish. 🙂
Excellent photographs and fascinating story. Are there laws against collecting the fish in the wild?
The artist in me loves the patterns and colors. Absolutely gorgeous Indah.
Wow. Amazing photos, Indah. Hugs!
An amazing yet rather creepy fish! ❤️
Isn’t nature amazing! Wonderful invisible fish!
What an amazing looking fish!
You have a great eye for finding this bizarre fish! We would have to have someone point it out to us! Congratulations! Great shots.