Strange fish from Ambon Got Eyes Like Humans

A fish found in waters off Ambon is very strange because it has eyes like a human. Unlike other fish, both eyes facing forward on a flat surface to face.

Dorsal fin, caudal fin, and fin under the skin that is soft and coated with a thin-striped brown and white. Animals the size of human hands of this very gracefully slipped in the gully so rarely encountered.

In general the fish were classified as penjerat fish (anglerfish) or frog fish (frogfish) who like to stay in one place and lure their prey to come. However, a strange figure in the literature found no fish anywhere. These fish were first discovered by dive guide Toby Fadilsyair fifteen years ago. However, until now the process of identification of these fish have never been done because of the difficulty to record close.

Fortunate, in January 2008 and then, diver Mark Snyder of Maluku Divers managed to capture one of them up close and from different angles. The photos were then sent to Professor Theodore Pietsch, an expert in fish from the School of Marine and Fishery Sciences University of Washington to be identified.

"Once I saw the photo, I knew that he kind of anglerfish because the fins on the side of his body like legs," says Pietsch. Typical fin serves to help the fish crawling on the seabed rather than swim to move to another place. However, generally do not like fish traps, he did not have some kind of fishing rod over his head to attract prey to.

The flat face and two forward-facing eyes that surprised her because they never met during 40 years of studying the characteristics of the fish. Most fish have eyes facing to the right and left his body. A pair of forward-facing eyes that make these fish have the ability to see in binoculars as human. A pair of eyes that see objects like this is very useful because it can determine the object's distance in front of it with more precision.

Though the evidence is strong enough, it is necessary either moefologi direct identification and DNA tests to ascertain whether these fish can be included as a separate group. So far scientists have grouped the fish into the 18 familia penjerat and Pietsch sure this fish into the familia to-19. To expose, Pietsch has received endorsement from the U.S. research institute National Sience Foundation.
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