YOUR MARINE BIOLOGISTS FAVOURITE FISH – PART 5

Playful, sophisticated, proud and psychedelic… here you are the favourite fish list by Belen, our Marine Biologist Intern at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu. Enjoy Chapter 5 of the favorite fish saga at Coco Collection!

In the Maldives, you don’t need to go very far from the coast or very deep in the ocean to find the most colourful and interesting fish. Dhuni Kolhu house reef offers a delightful view of plenty of fish! Here goes my list with the ones that first caught my attention!

The playful Surge Damsels (Chrysiptera brownriggii)

Both the fast movements and the bright colors of the surge damsels could be the reason of their name. They are like underwater lightening!

I always find these small fish swimming energetically in and out of the crevices and holes of the reef, where they find algae to feed on. It looks like they are playing “hide and seek” (between them and me)!

The electric blue Surge Damsel

The electric blue Surge Damsel

The sophisticated Emperor Angelfish (Pomachantus imperator)

With their black band around the eyes, they always seem ready to go to a masquerade ball!

However, they don’t have any partners to go with. Angelfish are known to be solitary. I always find them alone, feeding on some sponges or tiny invertebrates that they find on the coral blocks.

In the family of Angelfishes, juveniles and adults have different colors and patterns. I am looking forward to see a juvenile Emperor Angelfish with black, blue and white circling patterns!

The remarkable coloration of the Emperor Angelfish

The remarkable coloration of the Emperor Angelfish

The proud Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum)

Although they are called clowns, they look so majestic to me! They swim around the reefs, proud of their dotted bellies, orange noses and yellow hats.

We can usually find them alone looking for food or staying close to a boulder where they keep their food and eggs. During the night, they hide inside some boulders and lift their dorsal fin (“the trigger” that gives them the name) to hold themselves to the rock so predators cannot pull them out!

Don’t get very close to them, some triggerfish are very territorial and might be aggressive if they feel threatened!

Big white dots? It’s the Clown Triggerfish!

Big white dots? It’s the Clown Triggerfish!

The psychedelic Checkboard Wrasse (Hemitautoga hortulanus)

What caught my attention was their colours and pattern, like if they were coming straight from the 70’s!

These fish don’t get bigger than 20cm, which allows them to swim fast in case of danger. They are mostly found on reefs, but they also like to burrow themselves in the sand to sleep.

In any cases they stay close to the bottom, so they have easy access to their favorite food: tiny invertebrates.

Directly from the 70’s…the Checkboard Wrasse!Directly from the 70’s…the Checkboard Wrasse!

Directly from the 70’s…the Checkboard Wrasse!

So there you have it, my favourite fish! It was great to share this list with all the readers of Coco Cares, and I am sure that another chapter of this saga will come up sooner than later.

 

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