Mimic Goatfish (Mulloidichthys ayliffe)

Also known as Indian Mimic Goatfish, Yellowfin Goatfish

Description

Also known as Indian Mimic Goatfish, Yellowfin Goatfish.

Found in mixed schools foraging for food over coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on small fish and benthic invertebrates.
They mimic the Bluestripe Snapper - Lutjanus kasmira which they shelter with during the day.
http://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/bluestripe-snapper/375#leaf
Length - 24cm
Depth - 0-35m
Widespread Western Indian Ocean

Goatfish have two barbels extending form the chin, these are used to probe the sand for food such as worms, brittle stars, crustaceans and small fish.
They often have other fish in tow which hoover up any creatures left behind.
Some Goatfish can rapidly change colour and spots that were there magically disappear! Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Mulloidichthys-ayliffe.html

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