ANIMAL A-Z…


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Galaxy Rasbora (Danio margaritatus)

Galaxy Rasbora
Galaxy Rasbora
The galaxy rasbora has a distinct colouration, with a deep blue colour overlaid by white spots. The male galaxy rasbora spend much of their time courting females and sparring with other males. 
Fun Facts...
The word 'margaritatus', part of the galaxy rasbora's scientific name, means 'adorned with pearls' to reflect their colouration. 
Location... Myanmar and Thailand

Habitat... Densely vegetated, small, shallow ponds.

Diet...
Small invertebrates

Data Deficient

Goby, Blue cheek (Valenciennea strigata)

Goby, Blue cheek
Goby, Blue cheek
Blue cheek gobies, also known as the blueband goby, have greyish-white bodies, a yellow head and a blue stripe on each cheek. They can reach about 18cm in length and when they reach about 5cm, they grow filaments from their elongated dorsal spines. 
Fun Facts...
Blue cheek goby find their food by sifting sand in their mouths. They live in burrows in the sand and are monogamous, which means that they mate for life.
Location... Indo-Pacific; East Africa to Sydney, Australia.

Habitat... Inhabit clear outer lagoons and seaward reefs.

Diet...
Small crustaceans, fishes and fish eggs.

Not Evaluated

Goby, Common (Pomatoschistus microps)

Goby, Common
Goby, Common

This species can be distinguished from other European gobies as the males have a dark spot on the first dorsal fin and branched rays on the second. The top of their heads, napes and throats are scaleless. They can reach a maximum of 9cm and are grey or sandy in colour. 


Fun Facts...

The male common goby is a doting father, building a nest in the sandy substrate and is solely responsible for the care of the unhatched eggs.


Location...

The common goby can be found in the Baltic Sea, western Mediterranean and the Canary Islands, ranging from Norway to Mauritania.



Habitat...

Usually found inshore in sandy shallows around estuaries or salt marshes.



Diet...
Feeds on plychaetes, mysids, bivalves and isopods.

Least Concern

Goby, Mandarin (Synchiropus splendidus)

Goby, Mandarin
Goby, Mandarin
Mandarin gobies, or 'mandarinfish', are very brightly coloured; they have blue, green, orange and yellow markings. Males have a long spike on their dorsal fin, females do not. They reach about 7cm in length. 
Fun Facts...
The mandarin goby has blue colouration due to cellular pigmentation. It is one of only two vertebrates known to produce their blue colouration this way, all other vertebrates produce their blue colouration due to purine crystal refraction.
Location... Western Pacific; Ryukyu Islands to Australia.

Habitat... Sheltered lagoons and inshore reefs. Found on silty bottoms with coral and rubble.

Diet...
Feed on amphipods and copepods.

Not Evaluated

Goby, Neon (Elacatinus oceanops)

Goby, Neon
Goby, Neon
Neon gobies have light coloured bodies with two black and one blue, horizontal stripes. They feed on parasites found on the skin, mouth and gills of larger fish species such as groupers. They reach about 5cm in length and have a pale stripe in front of each eye.
Fun Facts...
Neon gobies are monogamous and can lay 500-800 eggs every ten days!
Location... Western Central Atlantic; sothern Florida to Belize.

Habitat... Inhabits coral heads.

Diet...
Eats ectoparasites found on other fish.

Not Evaluated

Goby, Rock (Gobius paganellus)

Goby, Rock
Goby, Rock

The rock goby is a moderately large goby reaching up to 12cm in lengthIt is pale brown in colour with purple-brown to black mottlingThere is always a pale yellow band running along the top edge of the first dorsal fin. This band is a conspicuous orange colour in adult males. The nostrils are surrounded by 5-6 small, finger-like branches.


Fun Facts...

The gobies form one of the largest families of fish, with more than 2,000 species including one of the world's smallest vertebrates, just 1cm fully grown!


Location...

Southern and western coasts of Britain and all around the Irish coast at depths of 15m.



Habitat...

This goby is confined to rocky areas, which might explain its apparent absence from the east coast of Britain. Often found on the low shore beneath rocks and stone and also in seaweed covered rock-pools.



Diet...
Small crustaceans, small fish and seaweed.

Not Evaluated

Goldfish (Carassius auratus)

Goldfish
Goldfish

There are over a hundred varieties of goldfish and they vary in colour and physical characteristics. The common goldfish has two sets of paired fins - pectoral and pelvic, and three single fins - the dorsal, caudal and anal fin. They don't have any scales on their heads and have exceptionally large eyes. The largest type of goldfish can grow to about 45cm long and weigh 3kg!


Fun Facts...

When kept in an aquarium, goldfish will live up to about 10 years. In a pond, their lifespan can double, with some living up to 25 years. There are reports of one pet goldfish that lived up to 43 years!


Location...

Goldfish originate from China but have now be spread world wide in ornamental pools, ponds and slow-moving freshwater.



Habitat...

Found in slow-moving, freshwater usually in slightly sludgy water. 



Diet...
Omnivorous, feeding on plants, insects and larvae.

Not Evaluated

Gramma, False (Pictichromis paccagnellae)

Gramma, False
Gramma, False
Often mistaken for the royal gramma, these fish are highly terrirorial and will even attack something larger than itself to defend its home. It reaches about 6cm in length and is two bold colours; purple at the head end and yellow at the tail end.
Fun Facts...
They are very aggressive towards other fish!
Location... Found in the Caribbean and tropical Western Pacific.

Habitat... Corals and rubble in shallow coastal reefs and towards the deeper reef drop-offs.

Diet...
Small crustaceans, shrimps, plankton, krill, mussels.

Not Evaluated

Grouper, Panther (Cromileptes altivelis)

Grouper, Panther
Grouper, Panther

The panther grouper is an extraordinary-looking fish with its bold black spots against a white or creamy-grey body. Juveniles have fewer, larger spots, which tend to become smaller and plentiful as the fish matures.
It can also be distinguished by its distinctive 'humpback' appearance, which earns it its other name, the 'humpback grouper'.
Sometimes panther groupers will take a rest and lean on their fins, to one side. See if you can spot ours doing this!


Fun Facts...

All panther groupers are born as female then will change to male if they reach a length of about 39cm or if a male in the group dies.


Location...

Found in the western Indo-Pacific, from southern Japan to southern Queensland in Australia.



Habitat...

Found mainly in lagoons and seaward coral reefs.



Diet...
Mainly carnivorous, feeding on smaller fish and crustaceans.

Vulnerable

Grunt, French (Haemulon flavolineatum)

Grunt, French
Grunt, French
Also known as the banana grunt or open-mouthed grunt, this fish appears in large schools that can number in the thousands! It reaches about 30cm in length and is mostly yellow, with scales below its lateral line (a feature unique to this type of grunt). They are a nocturnal species that scavenge for food at night.
Fun Facts...
Their name comes from their ability to produce sound by grinding their teeth!
Location... Found in the Western Atlantic (Bermuda, Gulf of Mexico, West Indies, American coasts).

Habitat... Rocky and coral reefs, often under ledges or in seagrass beds.

Diet...
Crustaceans, molluscs, algae.

Not Evaluated

Grunt, Spotted (Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides)

Grunt, Spotted
Grunt, Spotted

There are over 30 recognised species of grunt (Plectorhinchus). The spotted grunt is white with small brown spots along its body.The juveniles look very different to the adults as they are brown with large white blotches. As the grunt ages, they gain more spots and the colour of them reverses. The young will also move differently to the adults. They move to mimic a poisonous flat worm as a predatory response. They are a large species and can grow to a total length of 60cm.


Fun Facts...
The heaviest known individual weighed 7 Kg!
This fish can be found at depths of 1 meter up to 30 meters
Grunts can grow up to 3ft in length.
Location...

The harlequin sweetlips are found in the tropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific. It is found in the Indian Ocean around the Maldives and Cocos Islands and the western Pacific from Sumatra to Fiji and New Caledonia, north to the Japanese Ryukyu Islands and south to Rowley Shoals, off the western coast of Australia. 



Habitat...

Juvenile harlequin sweetlips are usually found in coral-rich lagoons, with adults found in deeper water, usually in sheltered areas such as under ledges or in caves. Usually found at depths of up to 30m.



Diet...
Feeds on crustaceans and invertebrates.

Not Evaluated
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