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  Crocodilefish (Cymbacephalus beauforti)





Crocodilefish | Cymbacephalus beauforti photo
Crocodilefish

Image by David Burdick - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)

Crocodilefish | Cymbacephalus beauforti photo
Crocodilefish

Image by Jenny from Taipei - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



CROCODILEFISH FACTS

Description
The Crocodilefish is a member of the flathead family. It is a well camouflaged fish with intricate mottled pattern of brown, olive, green. Some fish look quite dark in colour. From above the head looks a bit like a crocodile snout, and it has a long tapering body. There is a distinct pit behind the eyes.

Size
length to 50cm

Habitat
usually seen on sandy or rubble bottoms near mangroves, seagrass or corals.

Food
fish and crustaceans.

Range
The Crocodilefish is found from the Philippines to New Caledonia in depths from 1 m to over 30m



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Scorpaeniformes
Family:Platycephalidae
Genus:Cymbacephalus
Species:beauforti
Common Name:Crocodilefish