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.

 

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