IN FO­CUS | Ly­ing colours

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - CONTENTS -

Its daz­zling hues may stand out in this im­age, but the red Ir­ish lord – a fine fig­ure of a fish – is in fact a mas­ter of cam­ou­flage, its fin­ery is its weapon amid the colour-strewn shal­lows of the north-east Pa­cific. Like a chameleon, a lord can al­ter its at­tire to match its sur­round­ings, glow­ing brightly among red and pink corals and sponges, and ton­ing it down be­side the sea­weeds. Even the eyes have it, as glob­u­lar as anemones, while its fins re­sem­ble wav­ing ten­ta­cles when viewed from above.

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