Ablabys taenianotus (Cockatoo Waspfish)

Although this species is known to be nocturnal, thus far we have only encountered it during the day. We see it roughly a few times a year making it a special find on a dive. They are fun to look at, swaying sideways, pretending to be a dead leaf in order to ambush potential prey. Even though they are family of the scorpionfishes, and they do have venomous spines on their dorsal fin, strangely enough the name Ablabys is believed to come from the Greek word for “harmless”… I think it has something to do with its cute face.

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One thought on “Ablabys taenianotus (Cockatoo Waspfish)

  1. Wig says:

    An extreme beauty!

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