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Walking Batfish

  • Order: Actinopterygii
  • Family: Ogcocephalidaw
  • Genus: Ogcocephlus
  • Species: cubifrons
Fun Fact

They use their pectoral fins to "walk" along the sea bed. 

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    About Walking Batfish

    The walking batfish can grow to be up to 15 inches. Though batfish do not have scales, their skin is rough with bony tubercles. These tubercles are located on both surfaces of the tail and the upper surface of the body. To hide from predators, batfish will scurry away like a crab across the ocean bottom or bury themselves into the sand with their pectoral fins. 

    Walking Batfish in the Wild


    Mud, coral rubble, sandy bottoms and seagrass beds.


    North America


    Walking batfish prey on small snails, clams, shrimp, crab, molluscs, worms and small fish.

    Population Status

    The IUCN considers the walking batfish as least concern.