Luzon Island, Philippines
Though they look menacing, leaf fish (Taenianotus triacanthus) are very docile animals. This specimen is typical in length, about 3 or 4 inches. It parks itself on the reef for long periods, and its body acts as a sail, swaying with the slightest current. The reflective, almost glowing eyes seem to add to the mysterious nature of this fish. Their dorsal spines are sharp and venomonous.
Jeffrey N. Jeffords (photographer; copyright holder; identification)
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