A fish that walks on its legs

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Chaunax pictus, commonly called as pink frogmouth is a sea toad of the family Chaunacidae. It is found around the world on continental shelves in tropical and temperate waters (except the Caribbean Sea), usually at depths between 200 and 660 m. Its length is up to 40 cm.[1]

This individual was filmed by NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer during an expedition near Puerto Rico. It has fins that are modified into leg like structures. See the way it uses its fins to “walk” across the continental shelf. Even though many fishes ‘walk’ using its fins, these fishes are unique in producing a leg like appearance for fins.

References

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Susan M. L. – Chaunax pictus  Lowe, 1846. FishBase. Available at: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/5047.

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