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I came across this looking fo bottles in shallow water, what is this ugly fish called?
Hi Jessica, where did you spot this?
I'm tempted to think that it may indeed be an 'Ugly fish', but that would be cruel and beauty is in the eye of the beholder - I’m sure there's another fish out there that loves it.
Am I right in thinking this is Australian, Jessica?
This looks very like the remains of a Reef Stonefish, see eg http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/collections/contributors/Grzimek_fish/Scorpaeniformes/ScorpaeniformesII/Synanceia_verrucosa/ & google images for Synanceia verrucosa, & it seems to have a worldwide distribution. EDIT-actually Old World eg see http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=215627