Blue-lined Fangblenny (Plagiotremus rhinorhynchos)
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Photograph by Scott Tuason
This reef-dwelling blenny is captured on film here
hiding in a deserted worm tube, a common response when it is alarmed.
It has a wide distribution through the Indo-Pacific region, from the
Red Sea to Micronesia, inhabiting clear, coral-rich areas of lagoon
and seaward reefs. This species is known to feed on the skin, mucus
and sometimes scales of other fishes by quick, sometimes aggressive,
attacks - it has been known to even nip divers. Juveniles mimic the
cleaner wrasse Labroides dimidiatus.