WHITEMARGIN STARGAZER
Uranoscopus sulphureus

Habitat: Whitemargin Stargazers are typically found buried in the sand or mud with only their eyes showing.

Average adult size: Adults can grow to more than a foot long.

Natural history: These bizarre fishes gaze up at the stars since their eyes point almost directly upwards. Classic ambush predators, they wait buried under the sand for their prey to swim overhead. The little fleshy bumps around their mouths, called cirri, keep out the sand while they are breathing. Stargazers have a "fishing lure" in their mouths. It looks like a yummy worm and catches the attention of their victim. The stargazer blasts out of the sand, making a meal of small fishes.

Range: From Fiji, Samoa, and Indonesia to the Red Sea.


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