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Bamboo shark, Brownbanded (Chiloscyllium punctatum)

Bamboo shark, Brownbanded
Bamboo shark, Brownbanded
The brownbanded bamboo shark has a long, slender body and a thick elongated tail. Adults are light brown whereas juvenilles have a distinctly marked body with transverse bands and a few scattered spots. Like all bamboo sharks, the pectoral and pelvic fins are leg-like and muscular which is ideal for clambering over reeds and into crevices
Fun Facts... Juveniles use their broad banded pattern as camouflage when hiding in reef crevices.

They have the abiloty to survive a complete tidal cycle exposed out of the water!

Location... They can be found in the Indo-West Pacific, from Australia to Eastern Asia. 

Habitat... These sharks inhabit tropical warm waters including the Indian and Pacific Oceans and will spend time around the coral reefs and on sand substrates. 

Diet...
Worms, shrimp and crabs

Near Threatened

Bannerfish, Longfin (Heniochus acuminatus)

Bannerfish, Longfin
Bannerfish, Longfin

This species gets its name from its long dorsal fin, but is often confused with the moorish idol. Due to this it is often known as the fake moorish idol or poor man's moorish idol. It is a type of butterflyfish and can grow up to 25cm long. Its body is covered in white and black bands and it has bright yellow fins and tail. 


Fun Facts...

You will often find this species eating the parasites off larger sea creatures!



Location...

This species is found in the tropical waters of the Indo Pacific and the Coasts of Africa.



Habitat...

Tropical waters including shallow sand banks and reefs.



Diet...
Zooplankton, small krill and other invertebrates.

Least Concern

Barb, Torpedo (Sahyadria denisonii)

Barb, Torpedo
Torpedo barbs dwell in rocky pools with lots of vegetation in streams and rivers.

The females are generally bigger and less colourful than the males.

They feed upon worms, insects and plant material and are endemic to India
Fun Facts...

Location... Endemic to India

Habitat...

Diet...
Worms, insects and plant

Endangered

Blenny, Midas (Ecsenius midas)

Blenny, Midas
The Midas Blenny is yellow/orange in colour with bright, blue rimmed eyes. Unusually, these blennies swim in a similar fashion to eels owing to their lack of swim bladders. They spend a lot of time perched on rocks near holes they can hide in, often swimming backwards into the space if necessary. 
Fun Facts... The Midas Blenny is usually orange in colour, but can adapt its colour to more closely match the environment it is in.

Location... Indo-west Pacific and southeast coast of Africa.

Habitat... Found on coral reefs, in depths of up to 30m.

Diet...
Plankton and algae

Least Concern

Bull Huss (Scyliorhinus stellaris)

Bull Huss
Bull Huss

The bull huss is referred to by a number of other names, such as nursehound, large-spotted dogfishgreater-spotted dogfish, or greater-spotted catshark. It is a large catshark, which can reach lengths of 1.6 metres and is found distributed throughout the British Isles. It has a short and broad head, and fairly large pectoral fins. It is pale brown in colour dorsally, with small dark spots and has a white underbelly.


Fun Facts...

The bull huss is an oviparous fish, this means it lays eggs. The eggs are known as mermaid's purses and can often be found washed up on the beach around the British Isles. 



Location...

The bull huss is found in the northeast Atlantic, from southern Scandinavia to Morocco, including in the Mediterranean Sea.



Habitat...

The bull huss is most commonly found at depths of around 20-63m and seems to have a preference for rocky substrates with good algal cover. 



Diet...
Feeds primarily on crustaceans, but will also eat molluscs, such as squid, and bony fish.

Near Threatened

Butterflyfish, Burgessi (Chaetodon burgessi)

Butterflyfish, Burgessi
Butterflyfish, Burgessi

The Burgessi butterflyfish has a white body with three broad, brownish-black diagonal bars which run across the eye, down from the nape towards the pectoral fin and from the base of the third dorsal fin to the anal fin. The tail is white or translucent and the dorsal fin has a narrow white margin. They grow to about 14cm in length.


Fun Facts...

Butterflyfish will often mate for life and will often be seen in pairs as they barely leave each others sides.



Location...

Found in the western Pacific Ocean around Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan and the Philippines.



Habitat...

Inhabits steep drop-offs on outer reefs which are usually abundant with gorgonians and black coral.



Diet...
Feeds on coral, fan worms and other invertebrates

Least Concern

Butterflyfish, Collare (Chaetodon collare)

Butterflyfish, Collare
Collare butterflyfish are usually found in pairs amongst coral-rich reefs.

They feed upon coral polyps, which are a soft-body organism found in coral reefs.
Fun Facts...

Location... Native to the Indo-Pacific region.

Habitat... Coral reefs.

Diet...


Least Concern

Butterflyfish, Copperband (Chelmon rostratus)

Butterflyfish, Copperband
Butterflyfish, Copperband
The copperband butterflyfish has a long narrow nose used for hunting prey in holes and crevices. They have yellow-orange vertical bands with a black edging. This species has a false eyespot on the rear of the dorsal fin making them difficult to mistake for other types. They can have up to nine dorsal spines and three anal spines. They reach up to about 20cm in length.
Fun Facts... They are very territoral and may be aggressive towards members of their own kind. Their eggs are very buoyant and will float along with the current until they hatch! 

Location... This fish is typically found in the Western Pacific, in the Andaman sea to the Ryukyu Islands and Australia.

Habitat... They can be found singly or in pairs along rocky shores, coral reefs and also in estuaries and silty inner reefs.

Diet...
Primarily carnivorous. Benthic invertebrates and mysis shrimp.

Least Concern

Butterflyfish, Falcula (Chaetodon falcula)

Butterflyfish, Falcula
Butterflyfish, Falcula

The falcula butterflyfish is mostly white becoming gradually yellow towards the dorsal fin. It has a series of narrow black stripes on its sides and two patches of black on the dorsal side. A black band runs across its eyes and it has a long snout and yellow tail. It can grow to a maximum of 20cm in length.


Fun Facts...

Butterflyfish form pairs when they mature and will stay mates for life until one dies.



Location...

Found mainly in the tropical Indian Ocean from Kenya to South Africa, Madagascar and the central Indian Ocean islands east to Java and western Thailand.



Habitat...

Abundant in areas of rich coral growth in lagoons or on seaward reefs.



Diet...
Feeds on hard and soft corals and invertebrates.

Least Concern

Butterflyfish, Pearlscale (Chaetodon xanthurus)

Butterflyfish, Pearlscale
Also known as the cross-hatch butterflyfish.
Fun Facts...

Location... Western Pacific Ocean rim.

Habitat...

Diet...


Least Concern

Butterflyfish, Racoon (Chaetodon lunula)

Butterflyfish, Racoon
Butterflyfish, Racoon

The racoon butterflyfish is also sometimes known as the crescent-masked butterflyfish or the lunule butterflyfish and is one of over 100 different species of butterflyfish. The racoon butterflyfish usually has a dark bar across the head that obscures the eye and a dark 'false eye' towards the end of their bodies. It is thought that this may confuse potential predators about the orientation of the fish. 


Fun Facts...

The racoon butteflyfish can darken its colours and take on a blotchy appearance in order to blend in with its surroundings at night or when threatened. 



Location...

Found in the Indo-Pacific, including East and South Africa, Hawaii, Southern Japan and Western Australia and is usually around shallow reefs. 



Habitat...

The racoon butterflyfish is often found in lagoons or outer reefs, usually in rocky areas and at depths of 1-60m.



Diet...
Nudibrachs, benthic inverterbrates, algae and coral.

Least Concern
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