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Walking Batfish

 Ogcocephalus darwini (Galapagos Batfish)

Ogcocephalus darwini
Hubbs, 1958

Galapagos Batfish

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable


These fishes belong in the Order Lophiiformes and Suborder Ogcocephalioidei, where they are members of the Family Ogcocephalidae. There are 9 genera having a total of 62 species with most occurring on sand, mud, or rubble bottoms, possibly some in seagrass beds. They walk along the bottom on modified pectoral and pelvic fins. They are extremely poor swimmers and very rarely make it into the trade.

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