Orchid Dottyback (Pseudochromis fridmani)

Also known as Fridman's Dottyback, Fridman's Pseudochromi, Purple Dottyback, Pygmy Basslet

Description

Also known as Fridman's Dottyback, Fridman's Pseudochromi, Purple Dottyback, Pygmy Basslet.

Found singly in crevices and holes under overhangs and along vertical rock faces of lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on fish and small invertebrates.
Length - 7cm
Depth - 1-60m
Western Indian Ocean - Red Sea

Dottybacks are usually small and often brightly coloured.
They live inside the reefs structure, often at the back of caves and are very territorial and aggressive.
Females lay eggs which are guarded by the males who pick them up in their mouths on a regular basis to mix and aerate them. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/12741

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