AUSTRALIA: Lepidogalaxias salamandroides – the only neck-bending fish!

By Heiko Bleher

That a fish can bend its neck as amphibians, reptiles, birds or a humans can, is probably hardly known. Fishes have a stiff, fixed neck it is strait forward and cannot move, that is how we know those aquatic creatures. The only exceptions known are the South American predator Rhaphiodon vulpinus, which can bent its neck slightly upwards to fetch its prey coming from below and the species of the African genus Polypterus, which can turn their front body-portion somewhat side-wards. But a fish that can turn its head like we can, is only known up to this day from the Salamander fish, Lepidogalaxias salamandroides, living in south-western Australia.

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