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Whitemargin stargazer Air Prang, Lembeh.<br />
Info extracted from:<a href="https://www.twofishdivers.com/2017/10/stargazer-mesmerizes-in-lembeh/" rel="nofollow">https://www.twofishdivers.com/2017/10/stargazer-mesmerizes-in-lembeh/</a><br />
&quot;The Stargazer likes to bury itself in the sand, leaving only his mouth and eyes out to spot and capture his prey which are Fish, Octopus and Squid. Aside from being able to camouflage themselves cleverly in the sand, they also have electric organs just behind their eyes which they use as a defense mechanism. These organs can discharge up to 50 volts, depending on the water temperature, so they are not to be fooled with!&quot;<br />
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Whitemargin stargazer

Air Prang, Lembeh.
Info extracted from:https://www.twofishdivers.com/2017/10/stargazer-mesmerizes-in-lembeh/
"The Stargazer likes to bury itself in the sand, leaving only his mouth and eyes out to spot and capture his prey which are Fish, Octopus and Squid. Aside from being able to camouflage themselves cleverly in the sand, they also have electric organs just behind their eyes which they use as a defense mechanism. These organs can discharge up to 50 volts, depending on the water temperature, so they are not to be fooled with!"

Whitemargin stargazer - Uranoscopus sulphureus Air Prang, Lembeh. Geotagged,Indonesia,Spring,Uranoscopus sulphureus,Whitemargin stargazer

Whitemargin stargazer - Uranoscopus sulphureus Air Prang, Lembeh. Geotagged,Indonesia,Spring,Uranoscopus sulphureus,Whitemargin stargazer

    comments (10)

  1. Whoa!! This is seriously wild! Posted 11 months ago
    1. Yes, the more you look at it the more puzzling! Posted 10 months ago
  2. Fantastic, Marta! I love this group of species, they are hilarious to see and also have such a great common name. Posted 11 months ago
    1. I have some photos of the uncovered animal in a different dive because it got scared and swam off me a few meters> Coming soon :-) Posted 10 months ago
      1. Can't wait! Posted 10 months ago
  3. It will hypnotise you easily. But a beautiful fish. Posted 11 months ago
    1. Yes, specially if you try to imitate that face! :-D Posted 10 months ago
  4. From today's Facebook post:

    The Whitemargin Stargazer (Uranoscopus sulphureus) is an ambush predator that appears to gaze up at the stars because its eyes are positioned on top of its head. They are widespread in the Indo-Pacific and can grow up to 45 cm (18 in) long. They dig into the sand with their shovel-like fins, where they stay buried with only their eyes and mouths sticking out. To prevent them from swallowing mouthfuls of sand, their mouths have interlocking bristles that act like zippers to keep excess sand out.

    Stargazers wiggle their eyeballs in order to attract curious fish who are in search of small prey. When the unsuspecting fish gets close enough, the stargazer creates a vacuum with its mouth so it can quickly suck the prey in. Stargazers are also venomous and electric! They have stingers on their backs to deter predation. The venom is highly unstable, and scientists have yet to determine exactly what it is composed of. They also have an electric organ located behind their eyes that functions like a capacitor. When triggered, this organ can produce a 50 volt shock that flows through the body of the fish, and thus passes the shock to whatever has grabbed it. With clever camouflage and shocking defensive tactics, these fish are not to be trifled with. {Spotted in Indonesia by JungleDragon moderator, Patomarazul} #JungleDragon
    Posted 10 months ago
    1. Super thanks for the superb summary! Posted 10 months ago
      1. You're welcome! This fish just melted my heart with its humble cuteness <3 Posted 10 months ago

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Whitemargin stargazer is a fish of family Uranoscopidae, widespread in the Indopacific: Red Sea, Indonesia, Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga. Marine reef-associated fish, up to 45.0 cm maximal length.

Similar species: Perch-like Fishes
Species identified by Patomarazul
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Uploaded Mar 25, 2019. Captured May 30, 2018 05:18 in Tandurusa, Aertembaga, Bitung City, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
  • TG-5
  • f/6.3
  • 1/200s
  • ISO200
  • 16.48mm