Meet the Fish With a Switchblade on Its Face

Deadly fish known for their spikes and venom may pack a newfound weapon switchblades on their faces, some of which can fluoresce green, a new study finds. The discovery began when ichthyologist William Leo Smith at the University of Kansas at Lawrence dissected a wispy waspfish that had been his pet. Wispy waspfish are a species of stonefish, a group inhabiting Indian and Pacific coastal waters that are among the deadliest in the oceans. Many protect themselves with spikes or camouflage

Meet the Fish With a Switchblade on Its Face

Fri 13 Apr 18 from Discover Magazine

These fish hide fluorescent switchblades in their faces

We've only just discovered that many stonefish can flip out a spiny bone in their faces when predators attack, in addition to having highly venomous spines

Fri 13 Apr 18 from Newscientist

Discovery of switchblade-like defensive system redraws family tree of stonefishes

In dark alleys of the Pacific and Indian oceans, new research shows some of the deadliest, armored fishes on the planet are packing switchblades in their faces.

Thu 12 Apr 18 from Phys.org

Discovery of Switchblade-like Defensive System Redraws Family Tree of Stonefishes, Thu 12 Apr 18 from Laboratory Equipment

Discovery of switchblade-like defensive system redraws family tree of stonefishes, Thu 12 Apr 18 from Eurekalert

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