Mottled Jawfish (Opistognathus maxillosus)

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Description

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Found singly with just the head showing in coral and shell fragment lined vertical burrows on rubble and sand areas of shallow coastal reefs.
They feed mainly on benthic and planktonic invertebrates.
Length - 13cm
Depth - 1-8m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean, Central America

Jawfish are usually found in self-constructed burrows with just the head showing waiting for their prey, they have huge mouths for the size of head.
After mating the males incubate the eggs in their mouths, the eggs are clumped together like a sticky ball! Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Opistognathus-maxillosus.html

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