10 Odd-looking Fish

Fish.. Beautiful creatures that decorate our aquariums and make excellent food. But some fish exist that look nothing like fish. Here are some of such odd-looking fishes.

Shovelnose Guitar Fish

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The Shovelnose Guitar Fish or Rhinobatus productus has flat compressed body having spiracles on the top of its head and mouth on the bottom side.

Frog fish

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The Frogfish or Antennarius multiocellatus has leg-like fins which gives it a look like frog. It can change its color to escape from predators. It has worm like lure that comes out its head to attract its prey.


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The Sawfish has a long, saw-like rostrum having 24 to 32 pairs of teeth along the edges. This snout or rostrum has special pores to detect the movements of its prey on ocean floor. 

Wolf eel

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The Wolf-eel is certainly odd-looking with a human face found in northern Pacific Ocean.

Red- lipped batfish

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Red-lipped batfish is found in Galapagos Island. It has red mouth with dorsal fin tranfomed into single spine-like projection to attract prey.

Barreleye fish

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The Barreleye fish or Macropinna microstoma has transparent head with rotating eyes inside.


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The Elephantfish or Callorhinchus milii has that name due to its trunk like structure above the mouth. It is also known as Australian Ghost shark or Elephant Shark. It has large and wide dorsal fins.


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The Searobin has solid skull and armored plates on its body. The large pectoral fins appear like bird’s wings in flight while it is swimming.


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Handfish or Warty Angler is found in coastal waters of Australia and Tasmania. It has tooth-like scales i.e. denticles on its body. The pectoral fins of this appear like hands that is used for walking.

Porcupine Puffer

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Diodon holocanthus or the Porcupine Puffer is also known as Balloon Porcupine fish that is found in Atlantic Ocean and Red Sea. It has darker spots on its body having spines that cover all over the body. It has the ability to inflate body size twice its normal size with air and water.

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12 Responses to “10 Odd-looking Fish”
  1. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On December 8, 2009 at 5:35 am

    Oh no, these are really odd, strange and weird creatures on earth! I particularly think the FIRST pic for Porcupine Puffer was CUTE! :-)

  2. cutedrishti8 Says...

    On December 8, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Nice information..I like the Hand Fish

  3. Mr Ghaz Says...

    On December 8, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Wow! That was great!..i really enjoyed it. nice pics my friend..cheers 8) 8)

  4. giftarist Says...

    On December 8, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Very great research..and very interesting,

  5. BC Doan Says...

    On December 8, 2009 at 8:03 am

    They are not good looking fishes, and indeed very odd! Great find, valli!

  6. papaleng Says...

    On December 8, 2009 at 8:26 am

    lovely pictures and a very interesting article.

  7. Lex92 Says...

    On December 8, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Great info.. the wolf eel is a little out there though. Great article ;)

  8. valli Says...

    On December 8, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks Chan,cutedrishti8, Mr Ghaz, BC, Papaleng and Alexa for your nice comments.

  9. Yovita Siswati Says...

    On December 10, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Interesting! I never hear nor seen such weird fish before. Thanks for sharing.

  10. stig Says...

    On December 13, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    The sea robin is nothing more than a gurnard….. or varient of.

  11. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On June 22, 2010 at 12:21 am

    The last one, porcupine puffer, sounds extremely odd.

  12. mostpopulararticle Says...

    On January 7, 2011 at 11:44 am

    This article has been GRABBED by The Triond Experiment Thanks and goodluck!

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