Though only about 6 inches long, this sinister-looking crocodile fish is certainly a menace to many unsuspecting reef inhabitants. Its camouflaged flesh blends well with the surrounding sand, burrowing just enough to cover its body, waiting to ambush its next meal. With a mouth like that, it's easy to imagine what an appetite it must have.
This photo was taken on a night dive, otherwise I never would have gotten this close!
Identification: Platycephalus longiceps (?)
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