This thing is a walking insult!
|Image: Jonathan Lavan|
They spend their time hidden away in rocky crevices on the coast of California and Oregon. They'll go out to forage for food, but they always stay within about 4.6 m (15 ft) of home - one needs to keep that face within easy reach of darkness. Young, growing Monkeyface Pricklebacks are partial to crustaceans, adults prefer to munch on algae.
|Image: Donna Pomeroy|
The rest of their body is slim and eel-like, reaching some 75 cm (2.5 ft) long. Behind their monkey face... is a prickleback. They actually belong to an entire family of fish known as Pricklebacks. The name refers to the spiny rays on their dorsal fin... rather than back-stubble or whatever.
Video: Patrick Anders Webster
You gotta love those insultingly-named species!