02 Jul '12, 1pm

The Annotated Budak: Hooter by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Hooter by @budak

Drab in coat and bearing oversized heads with a stubble of sensory barbels, the tadpole-like toadfish lack admirers and will probably never enjoy the celebrity of other noisy reef dwellers . Indeed, their very existence in waters fit only for fun in the sun is likely to arouse panic and disproportionate responses in the name of public safety, lest beachgoers be burdened by a mite of marine biodiversity and the prospect of baring their feet to fins of ugly beasts. It's just as well that three-spined toadfish probably find little to live on in artificial lagoons and abound rather in the island's lusher habitats: seagrass beds, intertidal reef flats, rocky islands and even the rubble of a murky shore . Smaller individuals usually lie in the open, motionless, drawing before them a ball of shrimp and skittish fish. Full-grown animals tend to lurk in rocky overhangs or wedge the...

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The Annotated Budak: Red-alikes by @budak

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budak.blogs.com 04 Jul '12, 6am

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budak.blogs.com 05 Jul '12, 9am

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budak.blogs.com 07 Jul '12, 10am

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budak.blogs.com 28 Jun '12, 3am

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budak.blogs.com 26 Jun '12, 2am

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budak.blogs.com 06 Jul '12, 2am

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budak.blogs.com 22 Jun '12, 11am

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budak.blogs.com 22 Jun '12, 11am

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budak.blogs.com 25 Jun '12, 1am

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budak.blogs.com 14 Jul '12, 12am

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budak.blogs.com 20 Jun '12, 3am

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budak.blogs.com 20 Jun '12, 3am

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The Annotated Budak: Ears apart by @budak

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budak.blogs.com 19 Jun '12, 4am

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