How the color-changing hogfish 'sees' with its skin

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How the color-changing hogfish 'sees' with its skin

Post by Dragon on Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:19 am

Some animals are quick-change artists. Take the hogfish, a pointy-snouted reef fish that can go from pearly white to mottled brown to reddish in a matter of milliseconds as it adjusts to shifting conditions on the ocean floor.

Scientists have long suspected that animals with quick-changing colors don't just rely on their eyes to tune their appearance to their surroundings—they also sense light with their skin. But exactly how "skin vision" works remains a mystery.

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Post by Dragon on Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:20 am


Credit: Dean Kimberly and Lori Schweikert

pointy-snouted reef fish called the hogfish can change from white to spotted brown to reddish depending on its surroundings.

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Hogfish Changing Color at the City of Washington Wreck.

 
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This footage is showing the Hogfish ability to change the skin colours from completely white to a spotted brown to mimic the surface of the reef.

 
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