Oct 20, 2007

Red-lipped Advantage

This little red-lipped batfish is posing to intimidate. But I wonder what kind of advantage those red lips offer it. Do they aid in feeding, or serve as some warning to would-be predators? The last time I tried to go around wearing red lipstick, I was given a lot of...unsolicited...attention. But then, the ocean floor is a different environment from the downtown mall after dark.

Thanks for the link, Ida & Fredda.

Photo source: LiveScience.com

9 comments:

Dee Bee said...

OMG, heebie-jeebies, heebie-jeebies!

Jack Ruttan said...

It's Mick Jagger!

Seriously, maybe the red looks tasty to tiny prey-like animals (groupies?)

Arachnophile said...

I like the Mick Jagger comparison!

I love these "walking" deap-sea fish. I'll try and find a video of one of these guys that I've seen. It's cool to see a deap-sea fish 'walking' around on the sea floor. :)

I always thougt Jagger was one of the "Ugly Men of Rock." This confirms it for me. ;)

Kritter said...

It looks like a "street-walking" deep-sea fish.

"Hey, sailor..."

Cozytailmom said...

There really is a lot of material out there for your blog isn't there?
Red lipstick may get you in the door but a pretty smile will get you to VIP girlfriend!

bats :[ said...

I suspect the red lips helps them get dates.

Raging Wombat said...

Yes. There is a lot of material out there.

BMLJenny said...

OMG it's my school cafeteria lunch lady! Aaah!

pkeli said...

That looks like one seriously disappointed fish. "Where'd he go?? I gave him all my lovin' and now he's gone..."