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SCIENCE IN PICS: Lizardfish Swallows Pufferfish Whole


Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 1, 2012 Last Updated: November 1, 2012
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Lizardfish eating a pufferfish at Lembeh Strait in Sulawesi, Indonesia. (Matthew Oldfield)

Lizardfish eating a pufferfish at Lembeh Strait in Sulawesi, Indonesia. (Matthew Oldfield)

Lizardfish are bottom-dwelling fish found in tropical and subtropical waters. They are ambush predators, burying themselves in the substrate until a victim moves within reach.

They are usually small with a narrow body and a head that looks like a lizard. Their mouths contain sharp teeth, including on the tongue.

Lizardfish prefer sandy habitats, and often have coloration that aids camouflage in such environments.

Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi is well-known for its high marine biodiversity, particularly of unusual animals that live on exposed sand areas.

Matthew Oldfield is a freelance photographer based in Bali, Indonesia, specializing in editorial and documentary images from both above and below the waves. He works primarily with charities, NGO’s, and other organizations working to conserve the environment, endangered species, and disappearing cultures.

Matthew is on Twitter @matthewoldfield. More of his photos can be found at matthew-oldfield-photography.com

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