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Characteristics

Surname: Blobfish
Other names: /
Latin name: Psychrolutes marcidus
class: Fishes
size: 30 - 70cm
mass: 4 - 10kg
Older: unknown
Appearance: gray to pink skin surface
Sexual dimorphism: unknown
Nutrition type: ?
food: Crabs, sea urchins, molluscs
distribution: Southwest Pacific (Australia, New Zealand)
original origin: unknown
Sleep-wake rhythm: /
habitat: Ocean (depth: about 1000m)
natural enemies: no
sexual maturity: unknown
mating season: unknown
social behavior: Loners
Threatened with extinction: Endangered
Further profiles of animals can be found in the Encyclopaedia.

Interesting about the blob fish

  • The blobfish describes a genus within the perch and was named the ugliest animal in the world by scientists in 2013.
  • Among the blob fish are counted with Psychrolutes marcidus and Psychrolutes phrictus two species, which differ mainly in their body size.
  • The blob fish inhabits deepwater areas in the southwestern Pacific Ocean around Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania, Japan and California, where it lingers at depths of approximately 1000 meters on the seabed.
  • The body of the blob fish reaches depending on subspecies a length of thirty to seventy centimeters and consists hardly of muscle, but mainly of a gelatinous gray matter.
  • The light gray skin is noticeably flabby and surrounds the body only loosely.
  • The head shows a slight marbling and is of spherical shape.
  • The young fish, which are only about five centimeters long, have thread-thin outgrowths, which gradually disappear with increasing age.
  • The blobfish weighs up to ten kilograms.
  • Since he waits completely motionless on the seabed until the prey approaches him, he needs no muscles.
  • The blob fish feeds on various molluscs, sea feathers, sea urchins and crabs.
  • Most of his life he spends digging in the sand of the seabed for prey.
  • At the surface of the water, the blob fish dies immediately due to the greatly altered pressure conditions without the use of a periscope.
  • Therefore, it is not possible to keep blob fish in aquariums and to scientifically investigate them outside of their natural habitat.
  • Due to lack of research results until today not known how fast he can move.
  • Although the blobfish has no natural predators, it is considered an endangered species, as many specimens are caught in the nets of deep-sea fishermen.
  • By its way of life, the blob fish uses little energy and can easily survive in the depths of the sea, where the oxygen concentration is very low.