Fire Dartfish / Fire Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica)

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Photograph by Scott Tuason

(PHYLUM: Chordata, CLASS: Osteichthyes, ORDER: Perciformes , FAMILY: Microdesmidae)

 

This finger-sized tropical fish is one of about 60 related species that construct burrows in sand or coral rubble on reefs. Its colouration is distinctive, with a pale head and a body that grades smoothly into a deep-orange red near the tail. Adults hover nervously, alone or in pairs, over their burrows facing the current while feeing on zooplankton. They quickly dart into their burrows when threatened.

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