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Diving with Velvetfish

Koh Lanta Marine Life | Aploactinidae

Velvetfish are a family of small fish with a velvet-textured skin. They are generally compressed with small pelvic fins and some also have venomous spines. These elusive fish are very rarely seen while diving from Koh Lanta.

These fish are in the same super family as the scorpionfish, waspfish, stonefish and lionfish.

Velvetfish have a long dorsal fin that begins far forward on the head, running all the way to the tail fin.

These fish are extremely well-camouflaged ambush predators, living amongst algae or rubble, on or near rocky and coral reefs.

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Ghost Velvetfish

(Cocotropus larvatus)

Ghost Velvetfish (Cocotropus larvatus)

Cocotropus larvatus @ Koh Haa

The ghost velvetfish is very rarely seen in the southern Andaman Sea and is a very well camouflaged species hiding in rocky or coral crevices or on sandy/rubble areas of the reef.

This fish grows to around 7 cm - 8 cm and has a very compressed (thin) body.

The ghost velvetfish colour varies from pale greyish to brownish, with brown spots on the head, snout, and fins. The dorsal fin begins above the middle of the eye and has 13 bony spines.

Koh Lanta Diving with Velvetfish

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