False Cleanerfish (Aspidontus taeniatus) 7-9 cm (UPDATED 25/06/17)

  • False Cleanerfish (Aspidontus taeniatus) 7-9 cm (UPDATED 25/06/17)

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The False Cleanerfish (Aspidontus taeniatus), is a species of combtooth blenny, a Batesian mimic that copies both the dance and appearance of Labroides dimidiatus, a similarly colored species of cleaner wrasse. Likely mimicking the bluestreak cleaner wrasse to avoid predation, as well to occasionally bite the fins of its victims rather than consume parasites. Most veiled attacks occur on juvenile fish, as adults that have been attacked in the past may avoid or even attack A. taeniatus.

It is indigenous to coral reef habitats in the Indo-Pacific.


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