Oyster Toadfish (Opsanus tau)
… a fish of the family Batrachoididae. Max. length is about 38 cm; the most commonly 30 cm. They are generally yellowish with a pattern of brown oblique bars. It is an omnivore. Common prey include crustaceans, mollusks, amphipods, squid, and other smaller fish. Toadfish rely upon camouflage to catch their food; they lie motionless waiting for prey to wander close by, then attack by surprise. They can be found along the atlantic coast of the Americas from Maine to the Caribbean Sea.
The fish has a distinctive “foghorn” sound that is used by males to attract females in the mating season, which is April-October. The sound-producing (sonic) muscles attached to its swimbladders are the fastest known vertebrate muscles. Following the foghorn sound, the female comes into the nest, lays eggs, then leaves…
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