MNN Galleries

13 of the ugliest animals on the planet

By: Bryan Nelson on Feb. 16, 2016, 12:58 p.m.
red-lipped batfish

Photo: Rein Ketelaars/flickr

13 of 15

Red-lipped batfish

The red-lipped batfish gives the impression that it tried to compensate for an unusual body by caking on the lipstick. These odd fish are mostly found around the Galapagos Islands and near Peru. Scientists believe that the purpose of the bright red pucker if for the male of the species to attract the female.

Interestingly, they are better suited for "walking" along the ocean floor than swimming. They aren't the most graceful swimming. When they reach adulthood, they use their dorsal fin as a fishing lure to attract prey instead of for swimming.