Batesian Mimicry in Batfish

Batesian mimicry is a form of mimicry whereby a harmless species copies a dangerous species as a defensive measure.

Juvenile specimens of the Pinnate Batfish (Platax Pinnatus) are known to mimic some flatworms. The fish swims with flowing motions parallel to rocks, similar to the rippling of a flatworm.

Richard Ling and Daniel Kwok on Flickr


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