In 2009, colleagues at the University of Washington, created quite a stir when they described a new species of frogfish from Indonesia. The fish goes by the scientific name Histiophryne psychedelica. When you watch the movie you'll probably agree that psychedelica is a good name for this strange fish.
This week we feature movies of three strange fishes that were on other websites. To each we have included additional information. As usual we are delighted to show movies and images from 'local' contributors. More images and fact sheets have been migrated from the old site. As always - thank you to all our contributors!
A weird-looking fish that people have compared with Shrek, the animated character, has been filmed in Japan. The fish is an Asian Sheepshead Wrasse, Semicossyphus reticulatus. It is a labrid fish (family Labridae) that occurs in China, Japan, and both North and South Korea. Australia is home to over 180 species of wrasses. Regrettably for divers, the Asian Sheepshead Wrasse is not one of them.