Depth range (m): 33 - 33
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Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Papilloculiceps longiceps
Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Papilloculiceps longiceps
Public Records: 4
Specimens with Barcodes: 5
Species With Barcodes: 1
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
The Tentacled flathead (Papilloculiceps longiceps) or Crocodilefish is a member of the order Scorpaeniformes, an order which also includes the scorpionfishes and stonefishes. It is found in the Western Indian Ocean; the Red Sea.
They are predatory bottom-dwelling fish, using their camouflage to ambush their prey.
Tentacled flatheads are mottled brown or green and grey, coloured ideally to be camouflaged with their habitat. They have eye lappets, which help to break up the outline of the iris and improve camouflage, and can reach a length of 70cm.
Detail of lappets over eyes
Tentacled flatheads dwell in areas where the sea floor is soft or sandy and their camouflage is most effective, usually associated with reefs or rubble.
Tentacled flatheads are carnivorous, and will eat most fish small enough to fit in their mouth.
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