The sea bat with the red lips

The red-lipped sea bat is an arm-fin fish with arm-like pectoral fins.

This bony fish is native to the Caribbean, the West Atlantic, and around the Galapagos Islands because it prefers shallow waters.
You can find this bat at a depth between 3 and 76 m.
It lives on coasts and estuaries, generally in the sandy bottoms of the reefs.

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This fish has a maximum length of 20 to 40 centimeters.

Its triangular shape makes the fish’s body and head look like they’ve been crushed.
It has a large head and its body is covered in scales, hair, and bumps.

The lower part of the body is light, the upper part is dark to camouflage yourself from possible predators.
So it can be mistaken for the color of the seabed.

The bright red lips are very characteristic.
It is believed that these are used for sexual attraction within the species.

The lips have a downward curve on the sides, so the red-lipped sea bat always looks upset.
Despite being an aquatic animal, this sea bat is not a great swimmer.
It crawls awkwardly across the ocean floor with its pectoral fins.

These animals are carnivores, they feed on other small fish.
Marine invertebrates such as crustaceans and mollusks are also part of their diet.
According to the IUCN, the red-lipped sea bat is not endangered.
It owes this to its habitat because the seabed has been spared the direct influence of humans.

And I mean…With such sensual lips, there are definitely no mating problems under these species!

regards and good night, Venus

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