Friday, February 27, 2009


We have not had a critter for a while. So:

Macropinna microstoma, the fish with the see-through head!

Thank goodness it's only about 3 to 4 inches long. More on its anatomy here and here. The things that look like its eyes are actually its nostrils; the greenish hemispheres are the lenses of its eyes.

The Latin name, well, a pinna is a feather, or wing, or external ear, and fish don't have any of those, maybe big fin; and tiny mouth.

Who does it look like? Peter Lorre? Wallace Shawn? I'm sure I've seen that face somewhere, though without the transparent braincase.

Althouse has video, and comments that plumb the depths of not safe for work or for anyone. So don't read those comments.

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