The Smithsonian’s Smart News blog headlines its post as “The Red Batfish Looks Like a Muppet, Is Actually a Clam, And Should Be Your New Favorite Sea Creature.” But I think that may be backwards. If I understand it correctly, the Red Batfish, which often known as the Starry Handfish, is a chordate and thus not a clam.
Perhaps Smart News means clam-like in appearance, which it is. I’m not sure about the taxonomy of Muppets, but the Starry Handfish also appears to be a related species. It’s definitely cute.
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