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Parrotfish, Red Fairy Dwarf (Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis)

Parrotfish, Red Fairy Dwarf
This member of the wrasse family is also known as the red velvet fairy wrasse or the rosy scales fairy wrasse. It is a small, colourful fish with the head end being red, gradually turning yellowish towards the tail. As the fish matures, the scales towards the front develop dark edges. Females are not as brightly coloured as the males and colours may vary depending on the fish's mood. They reach about 7cm in length.
Fun Facts...
When displaying to females, the sides of this wrasse turn almost white! This family of wrasses secrete mucus cocoons to sleep in. This is thought to protect them from nocturnal predators, who hunt by detecting scent.
Location... Found in the western Indian Ocean, from the Maldives to the Chagos Archipelago.

Habitat... Inhabits coral reefs, usually keeping close to the substrate.

Diet...
Feeds on zooplankton, flatworms and small invertebrates.

Data Deficient

Perch, European (Perca fluviatilis)

Perch, European
Perch, European

The European perch is a dintinctive fish, with a dark green body, marked with dark vertical bands and an erect dorsal fin which is stiffened with spines and has a dark blotch at the rear end. The tail and anal fins are usually orange and the gill-covers are tipped with a sharp spine. They can grow up to about 25cm in length and can weight up to about 4kg.


Fun Facts...

Spawning takes place in April to May in which the female starts circling a chosen plant and starts spiralling around it. She then produces very sticky eggs in bands which she will twine around the plant for the male to fertilise.


Location...

Found in most European rivers, lakes and streams but notably not in Spain, Italy or Greece. 



Habitat...

This species prefers slow-moving, well oxygenated freshwater, such as rivers, deep lakes and ponds.



Diet...
Feed on planktonic animals and anything that may be available to it.

Least Concern

Pipefish, Broadnosed (Syngnathus typhle)

Pipefish, Broadnosed
Pipefish, Broadnosed
The broadnosed pipefish is a long and slender fish, almost thread-like in appearance. It is covered in bony plates and its snout is laterally flattened and longer than the rest of the head. It is distinguished from its cousin the straightnosed pipefish, by its fan-like caudal fin and its thicker body. It is green in colour, with a yellowish belly and indistinct spots and bands. It reaches about 25cm in length.
Fun Facts...
Like its relative the seahorse, the male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail. 

The compressed snout of this fish is taller than the eye in diameter.
Location... Found in the eastern Atlantic: Norway, Baltic Sea, British Isles to Morocco. Also throughout the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Sea of Azov.

Habitat... Found along coasts and estuaries amongst vegetation.

Diet...
Feeds on plankton

Least Concern

Plaice (Pleuronectes platessa)

Plaice
Plaice

The plaice is a type of flatfish, which is brown in colour with orange or red spots. It can sometimes have white spots, especially when living in areas where the sediment has pale rocks or shells. It is oval in shape and can grow to about 60cm in length. 


Fun Facts...

During development, the left eye of the plaice moves to the right side of the head. This allows the plaice to lie flat on the seabed. 

The plaice has the ability to alter its body patterns, this is probably for camouflage


Location...

The plaice is found in the Atlantic Ocean from the western Mediterranean and along the majority of European coasts. This species is common all around British and Irish coasts



Habitat...

Usually found on sandy substrates at depths of between 10-50m, although can also be found on mud or gravel substrates



Diet...
Worms, crustaceans and bivalves.

Least Concern

Pufferfish, Dog faced (Arothron nigropunctatus)

Pufferfish, Dog faced
Pufferfish, Dog faced

These are solitary fish that are often seen resting in a sponge or among coral braches. As with other types of puffer, they inflate themselves by gulping down water when disturbed.

The Dog faced Pufferfish has relatively thin skin and small short spines. Colours vary from a grey base colour to yellow always with black spots. Specimens may darken or lighten in colour due to environmental factors and individuals may drammatically change colour durting their lifetimes. It reaches a maximum length of 33cms.  It has a round shape with a head and snout which at times look like a seal or a dog.  

Also known as the black spotted toadfish, brown puffer or hush puppy puffer. 


Fun Facts...

Parts of the flesh are poisonous if digested.


Location...

Widespread in the Indo-Pacific: East Africa to Micronesia and Samoa, North to Southern Japan, South to New South Wales. 



Habitat...

Found on or near Coral reefs



Diet...
Feed on corals, crustaceans, sponges and algae

Not Evaluated

Pufferfish, Porcupine (Diodon holacanthus)

Pufferfish, Porcupine
Pufferfish, Porcupine

The porcupine pufferfish can grow up to about 61cm, is pale in colouration with dark patches along its side and back and has very large eyes. Its most distinguishing feature is the long spines that protrude all over its body, although these are actually modified scales which lie flat against the body for most of the time. It gets the name 'pufferfish' or 'baloonfish' as they can expand by swallowing mouthfuls of air or water. This is to make it look larger and to stop it from being swallowed by predators. This also causes the spines to stick out at right angles from its body making it look extremely dangerous. Because of the ability to expand, they have very elasticated skin and lack pleural ribs and a pelvic girdle.


Fun Facts...

Pufferfish are popular in Asian sushi but carry a toxic chemical in their skin and spines and have to be prepared extremely carefully to avoid poisoning the consumer!


Location...

Distributed circumtropically throughout the world in areas such as the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans.



Habitat...

Found in relatively shallow areas of the ocean around grassy flats, coral reefs and mangroves.



Diet...
Feeds mainly on hermit crabs and gastropods such as limpets and whelks.

Not Evaluated
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