Fish Guide

Shortnose Batfish   (Ogcocephalus nasutus)
Family: Ogcocephalidae (Walking Batfishes)
Natural Range: Western Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Ocean
Depth: 3 to 894 ft.   Size: 15 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 75+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Difficult   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Snails, crustaceans, bivalves, bristle worms, bubble algae
Natural History: The Shortnose Batfish is found on lagoons and sand/mud reef slopes, sometimes partially covering its body with substrate. It has a lure but gastic contents generally show that its prey are not attracted by it. It does feed on algae but it may be mistaken for snails. It swallows its food whole. It does not swim but rather walks or crawls on the substrate using its pectoral and pelvic fins.
Husbandry: The Shortnose Batfish should be housed in an aquarium with a sand bottom that has open areas of sand for it to rest upon. It should be housed with peaceful species that will not nip at it. It is reported to be capable of recognizing its keeper and positively responding to food. This species is notorious for carrying worms and it should be dewormed with fenbendazole. Flukes should be treated with praziquantel. It should be handled with a container and not a net since its tubercles will get tangled in a net.

AKA: Walking Batfish

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