Flagtail Surgeons, Paracanthurus hepatus, are identified by their bright blue coloring, oval bodies and yellow, flag-shaped tails. Adults have a narrow line of dark blue along their dorsal fin that curves back at the tail. Coloration changes as Flagtail Surgeons mature. Juvenile blue tangs are bright yellow with blue spots by their eyes, and their fins have light blue tips. Their bodies become blue as they mature (Thurston 2011). Adult Flagtail Surgeonfish typically weigh around 600 grams and are 12 to 38 centimeters long (Bradford 2016).
Surgeonfish get their name from the scalpel-like spines along the top and bottom of their bodies. These fish have venomous spine at the base of their caudal fin to protect themselves from predators (Thurston …show more content…
These fish live in the Pacific Ocean, but they are also found in the Indian Ocean, from East Africa to Micronesia, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (2012). Their homes are the coral reefs that grow along the shores. These fish are very important to the lifecycle of the coral reef. They eat excess algae in the reef, which prevents the coral from suffocating (Frost 2016).
These fish are somewhat social and are usually found in pairs or in small groups (10 to 12 members) of several different surgeonfish and tang (Bradford 2016). Flagtail Surgeons congregate in breeding groups, where females expel their eggs into the water above the coral, and the males expel sperm, and fertilization occurs externally (Thurston 2011). After spawning the adults swim off, never caring for their offspring.
Flagtail Surgeonfish conservation status is listed as least concern (IUCN 2012). These fish have become incresingly popular due to the films “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory”. Although there is no evidence of population decline thus far, increased demand will cause more fish to be caught, which will decrease populations because there has been no record of successful breeding in captivity (Bradford
This net will have florescent orange floats fastened to the net at the top to keep the net held up in the water and to alert boats of the net. At the bottom of the net, it will have weights to keep it held down in the water. The maximum reported size of the long-snout seahorse is 6.9 inches (17.5 cm) in height (top of the coronet to the end of the stretched out tail). H. Reidi reaches maturity at approximately 3.1 inches (8 cm) in size. The squares in this burlap should be small enough to keep the seahorses in but allow small shrimp and plankton in and out to feed the seahorses.
These animals are called polyps, and can live on their own, though tend to group up to form coral. Different groups of corals can eat different thing, depending on their size. A coral that is bigger would probably eat small fish, while a coral that is smaller might eat
The northern snakehead preys on zooplankton, smaller fish, fish larvae, crustaceans, frogs, insects, small reptiles, and even small mammals and birds. In the areas in which the northern snakehead has invaded, native populations are having gradual decreases because of the northern snakehead’s unextinguishable appetite. The most notable features of the northern snakehead fish are its snake-like characteristics. The fish has a long cylindrical body with the blotchy coloration and patterns of a snake.
This beautiful looking fish packs a punch: The fish has venomous spines that deliver an extreme pain that can last for days. In extreme cases, the venom can even cause paralysis. The LIonfish is an apex predator on the reefs using its fins to coral small fish and anything it can fit into it’s mouth into a corner before it strikes quickly swallowing it whole. The lionfish feeds on an array of over 50 species including ecologically and economically important species. ("Lionfish Biology Fact
Pargon Fish Description: The Pargon fish is a fierce predator characterized by a long slender shape and a forked caudal fin. Although its scales can be appropriately described as large, iridescent and silvery; sometimes they appear to have a golden cast. This Pargon Fish has a colorful appearance ranging from light to dark shades making this species fascinating to look at. However, fish that live over sandy bottoms seem to have a much lighter appearance. Distinguished by large and sharp protruding teeth, the Tiger Fish’s jaw holds a series of replacement teeth, meant to take the place of any teeth that might be lost or so broken.
The Marine Biome Written by Molly Joyce A horse--like seahorse is eating shrimp with its long snout when the scuttling sound of a 10--legged red crab arises from the sandy ocean floor, its hard shell upsetting the sandy ocean floor. The crab grabs at the seahorse with its claws snapping ferociously. Crabs are one of the few animals that eat seahorses, along with some species of fish and rays. The seahorse, terrified, uses the current to float to a nearby patch of eelgrass. Once there, it vanishes, perfectly camouflaged with the eelgrass.
It has a dark green body with bright blue spots and a tail that is twice the length of the ray with two barbs on the end. SIZE The blue spotted stingray averages 42 centimetres in diameter and 70 centimetres in length. DANGER RATING High
While cobias are more common at weights of up to 20s kg, there could be few heavier specimens which could reach up to 60 kg. Cobias grow quickly and have a moderately long life span. Cobias are intensely curious fish and show no fear of boats. Both cobia sexes have moderately long lives of 15 years or more. Distinctive Description: The family name Rachycentridae, from the Greek words rhachis meaning "spine" and kentron meaning "sting," is an allusion to
The next fish is a cynoscion nebulosus non to sport fisherman and most people in that case as the spotted seatrout. They get there name the same way that the red drum does, from there color pattern. they have spots down there back and have a greenish color to them. ( ) They like bottom habitat that are silty like rivers and shallow bays. Most of the spotted seatrout don’t reach more than 15 inches in length most of the
Most of the members are gray in color and have some greenish tint with white bellies. This color balance enables the sharks to perfectly blend with the ocean since a prey viewing from the bottom will not see it sneaking in for a meal. The cephalofoil laterally project outwards thus giving the shark the hammerhead shape and, as a sensory organ, ability to easily notice electric field created by prey or threat from miles away. All the hammerhead sharks have excessively small mouths compared to other sharks located at the bottom of the cephalofoil with serrated triangular teeth. Hammerheads have wide-set eyes on the outer edges of the hammer adapted to give a wider and better visual range compared to other sharks.
Hamilton Howard “Albert” Fish was born in Washington D.C. on May 19, 1870. His mother and father were Ellen and Randall Fish. Fish’s family had an extensive history of mental illnesses, making him possibly prone to different disorders. Several of his family members were diagnosed with different mental disorders. His uncle suffered from religious mania, his brother was placed in a state mental hospital, and his sister was diagnosed with a mental affliction.
Australian Giant Cuttlefish are in the following taxons, being ordered largest to smallest, Animalia, Mollusca, Cephalopoda, Sepioloida,Sepiidae,Sepia, lastly Apama. Their scientific name is, Sepia apama coming from their genus and species. Sepia apama is found about 100 meters under water around the southern coasts of Australia and Tanzania, in the seagrass beds of these coastal waters. Sepia apama typically eat small like crabs organisms called, crustaceans, and small fish. Sepia apama has predators in its own environment and hides from predators in an unusual way.
The experiment was done by observing the Himantura leopard and Dasyatis Americana interactions with a school of fishinside a 760,000 gallon tank at the Adventure Aquarium for 90 minutes. There were two Himantura leopard organisms and approximately five to six DasyatisAmericana. A school of fish was observed as three fishes that are approximately three inches away from each other. When either species of stingray came within five inches of the described school of fish, it was marked down if any of the fishes in the school separated from the school by swimming in an opposing direction of the other fishes of the school. If a fish separated from the school, it was marked down as “break apart” for the specie of stingray that caused the separation.
It lives in waters around 2000 feet deep. They live in Coral Reefs, and they are the only catfish that do. The Coral Catfish was discovered in 1982 in the Indo Pacific. A few facts about the Coral Catfish is they have barbells on their mouth, they have a poisonous spine, and they swim in spheres. Many people keep Coral Catfish as pets, so without them many people could not have as cool homes.