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Filefish, Aiptasia eating (Acreichthys tomentosus)

Filefish, Aiptasia eating
Filefish, Aiptasia eating

Known as the aiptasia eating filefish, matted filefish, bristletail filefish or tomentosus filefish. This shy mottled green or brown fish only grow up to around 12cm long. Although aggressive to other filefish, they are peaceful fish, prefering habitats with plenty of swimming spaces close to grazing and hiding spots. Eating algae and small crustaceans, they will also devour small pest anemones such as Aiptasia.


Fun Facts...

To deter predators these fish can raise their first dorsal fin and/or grind their front teeth, producing a low-pitched growling sound.


Location...

Found in the Indo-West Pacific: East Africa to New South Wales.



Habitat...

Inhabits shallow coral reefs, seagrasses and rubble areas.



Diet...
As the name suggests, their food of choice are pest anemones called aiptasias. They will also eat small crustaceans and molluscs

Not Evaluated

Foxface, Blotched (Siganus unimaculatus)

Foxface, Blotched
Foxface, Blotched

The blotched foxface grows to about 20cm in length and has a distinctive dark "eyespot" on its body. No eyespot is the same on each fish so individuals can usually be identified from another.

They have black and white faces and the rest of their body is bright yellow, including the fins and the tail. 


Fun Facts...

Although peaceful towards other fish, if a predator attacks, the blotched foxface can raise its dorsal spines and deliver a painful, venomous sting. 


Location...

Found mainly in the western Pacific, from the Ryukyu Islands to Western Australia.



Habitat...

Inhabits tropical coral reefs and lagoons.



Diet...
Feeds mainly on seaweeds.

Not Evaluated

Frog, African clawed (Xenopus laevis)

Frog, African clawed
Frog, African clawed

This frog is distinctive as it has no tongue and visible ears. It has a flattened body and its head is wedge-shaped and a lot smaller than the body. Its eyes are found on top of its head and are relatively small.

The front limbs are small and not webbed and the rear legs are large with three inside toes which have claws, giving it its name. It has smooth, slippery skin which is usually blotched with olive, grey or brown whilst the underside is creamy or yellowish. Our frogs are albino, meaning they have pale skin and red eyes.

Females are often larger reaching lengths of 12cm.


Fun Facts...

This frog possesses a lateral line which are usually found in fish. This helps the frog detect vibrations in the water to help locate food. 


Location...

Native to most of Africa but has also been introduced to countries such as Chile, Italy, Mexico and the UK.



Habitat...

This species is water-dependent and occurs in streams and ponds. It avoids large rivers or waterbodies with predatory fish.



Diet...
Scavenges on arthropods and other pieces of organic waste.

Least Concern

Frog, Golden Mantella (Mantella aurantiaca)

Frog, Golden Mantella
Frog, Golden Mantella
This is a small, stout frog of 19-24 mm in body length. It is yellow-orange to orange-red with black eyes. Golden Mantellas are diurnal and active on the ground. Their call consists of a short chirping sound. As this species is found in only one small area of swampy forest in eastern Madagascar, it is particularly vulnerable to habitat loss. 
Fun Facts...
The Golden Mantella's bright colouration warns predators that they are toxic, which puts predators off eating them.
Location... Andranomena, eastern Madagascar

Habitat... Swamps and humid Pandanus forest

Diet...
Small forest floor invertebrates

Critically Endangered
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