Malthe (Lophius) cubifrons (now Ogcocephalus cubifrons) - The Polka-dot Batfish
You might be able to tell from how it’s built that this is a bottom-dwelling fish, but the part I love about it is its behavior when it gets startled by scuba divers: just like another bottom-dweller, the crab, it either freezes and covers itself in sand, OR it literally scuttles away! I love scuttling creatures. Even non-crabs or crab-like ones. They’re so…scuttly!

Fauna Boreali-Americana; or the zoology of the northern parts of British America.: containing descriptions of the objects of natural history collected on the late northern land expeditions, under the command of Sir John Franklin. Part 3: The Fish. John Richardson, 1836.

Malthe (Lophius) cubifrons (now Ogcocephalus cubifrons) - The Polka-dot Batfish

You might be able to tell from how it’s built that this is a bottom-dwelling fish, but the part I love about it is its behavior when it gets startled by scuba divers: just like another bottom-dweller, the crab, it either freezes and covers itself in sand, OR it literally scuttles away! I love scuttling creatures. Even non-crabs or crab-like ones. They’re so…scuttly!

Fauna Boreali-Americana; or the zoology of the northern parts of British America.containing descriptions of the objects of natural history collected on the late northern land expeditions, under the command of Sir John Franklin. Part 3: The Fish. John Richardson, 1836.

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