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The Annotated Budak: A little thorn by @budak

The Annotated Budak: A little thorn by @budak

Adult tripodfish , or triplespines as they are also known for their trio of stiff, sharp rays, are silvery creatures with faint green and yellow markings. Dwelling as they do over exposed shoals of sand or mud, they have no room to hide, unlike their cousins the balistids which can wedge themselves into crevices with the aid of a spiny dorsal fin that is locked into place when a second, shorter spine clicks against the first. Triacanthids lack this ball-and-socket mechanism, which would have little use away from the rocky overhangs of coral reefs. Instead, these elongated, laterally compressed fish bear six spines, including one particularly long process, on their first dorsal fin, and have had their pelvic fins reduced to a single spike. The lower lobe of the tail, however, consists of soft rays, so the fish is not given to mimic audio-visual accessories in the manner of ...

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