The Atlantic stargazer
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The Atlantic stargazer (Uranoscopus scaber) is a species of bony fish, living in the Mediterranean and having eyes on the upper side of the skull.

Classification: vertebrates, fish, osteichtyans, uranoscopids
Size: up to 65 cm
Weight: up to10 kg
Habitat and distribution: coastal and open ocean areas of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans
Conservation status: unthreatened and unknown

The Atlantic stargazer has an almost vertical mouth and eyes on the top of its head. It partially buries its massive body in the sand and waits for its prey to come within range. It probably helps itself to capture them by producing weak electrical discharges with “batteries” located behind its eyes.

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