The Kaleocanthus is a water-dwelling flatfish that evolved from sanddabs and flounders. It tends to have less of a voracious appetite than most, and is considered a delicacy to many ocean creatures, putting it at serious risk
The Kaleocanthus' name is extremely debatable, but it boils down to two different suggestions: The first one is that the name is a combination of the words "Kalos" and "Canthos" meaning Wide-eyed and Fish respectively. It makes sense given the fish' wide eyes looking up from the sand. The second suggestion is that it comes from the words "Kal" meaning flat, "Ëós" meaning Sand, and canthos yet again meaning fish. So, the name either means "Wide-eyed fish" or "Flat Sand Fish." Given that there is a family of fish called the Eosacanthus, commonly known as the "Sandfish," this could lead to extreme confusion
The Kaleocanthus' evolution story is certainly odd. Flatfish were never victims of such extreme an extinction with the exception of the sole and the tonguefish. Many lived on, and some interbred enough to create a Dab-Sanddab-Brill-Turbot-Halibut-Flounder subfamily called the "Kaleoankra" deriving from "Kal" meaning flat, and "Ankra" being the family modern flatfish came from. However, the Kaleocanthus is marked as "Ankra-Crozy" meaning it was a combination of flatfish and crozies. Yes, they had interbred. Given their differences, it is still debated as to how this sort of thing happened, but it undoubtedly did, and it gave us the Kaleocanthus. The fish definetely resembles its flounder and sanddab ancestors, but it has a substantial amount of crozy DNA in it, packed away somewhere deep inside
The Kaleocanthus is a brownish flatfish that dwells on the sandy floors of the reefs and ocean ledges. It has eyes that look upward and seem wide with some sort of dumb expression. Their mouth juts outwards and it gulps crustaceans like shrimp, prawn, and krill into its flat body.
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"The Kaleocanthus is a flat fish that lives on the sandy bottoms of ocean cliffs and ledges. They are often found in the Pacific Ocean, and they prey on small crustaceans unlucky enough to scuttle upon their mouth. Their wide, upturned eyes allow them to see in all directions. While they prefer crabs and shrimp, nobody is safe. Be careful out there"
Clip Note 1: "The Kaleocanthus occasionally swims from its hidden position to another one"
Clip Note 2: "The Kaleocanthus reproduces in deep ocean nurseries during summertime"
Clip Note 3: "The Kaleocanthus makes good food for Piscivores"
Clip Note 4: "They are found in the North Pacific all over"
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