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The Fish That Mimics a Dead Tree Leaf to Catch Unsuspecting Prey

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Original article on OddityCentral.com – a blog on oddities and wacky news http://www.odditycentral.com/

The South American Leaf Fish is a remarkable predator that relies on almost perfect camouflage and patience to both ambush unsuspecting prey, and escape larger predators.

Native to the Amazon basin in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela, the aptly-named leaf fish does a great job of imitating a dead leaf floating near the bottom of the river. Not only has it evolved to resemble a dead leaf almost perfectly, down to tiny details like the filament at the tip of the lower jaw that resembles a leaf stalk, but it also behaves like a leaf. The leaf fish bends and sways, but rarely moves upright, just as a floating leaf would not, and often angle themselves facing downwards, so that it looks like a dead leaf floating in the water.



Source: https://www.odditycentral.com/animals/the-fish-that-mimics-a-dead-tree-leaf-to-catch-unsuspecting-prey.html


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