Aug 18, 2008

Swiss Army Proboscis

Like most people, I've focused on the lips of the rosy lipped batfish (Ogcocephalus nasutus). But I had never seen one in profile. Check out that proboscis. It's used both as a shovel and a lure for prey. My own proboscis is pretty dull; the only thing it's good for is smelling. But the rosy lipped batfish has a Swiss Army proboscis. I'm a little jealous.

Thanks for the link, Mary.

Photo source: David Doubilet, National Geographic via Deep Sea News


Kit said...

As my mother would say "You aren't leaving the house with that lipstick on! That's hooker red!" Tone it down, fishy! Tone it down! And possibly get a nose job.

niner said...

Haha, Kit. My mother used the term "floozy" but other than that, word for word. =P

Neat fish though. Why does it have rosy lips? I assume all strange things like that have a purpose.

ChicChickory said...

Looks like someone hacked it with a Swiss Army knife if you asked me.

...and to continue on the "floozy" hooker red lips comments made, my grandmother always said "your lips look like a chicken's butt" when we girls were caught wearing too much red on the lips. To this day, I have no idea what that means but then again, I can't say I've ever really looked at a chicken's butt to know what she meant.