This is an x-ray image of a longnose batfish along with a corresponding photograph of the specimen in identical pose. Flat and wide, batfish look like they’ve been stepped on. They feed by skimming for prey along sandy bottoms. This longnose batfish had a taste for mollusks. This specimen is a scientifically invaluable holotype, or the single specimen used by science to describe an entire species.


  • Title: Longnose batfish
  • Location: Gulf of Mexico, south of Apalachicola, Florida, Florida, United States, Atlantic
  • Physical Dimensions: 16 cm (6.3 in)
  • Type: Radiograph
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center
  • USNM Catalog Number(s): 188808
  • Scientific Name: <i>Ogcocephalus corniger</i> Bradbury, 1980
  • Photo Credit: Sandra J. Raredon, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Vetebrate Zoology
  • Date Collected: 1952-12-16

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