Friday, 3 October 2014

Creature 3: Neoclinus blanchardi

A fish with a big mouth
Neoclinus blanchardi or the Sarcastic Fringehead is fish which is as weird as its name. These bizarre looking, highly territorial, highly aggressive fish can expand their mouth to incredible size to ward off competitors or predators. They usually hide in small crevices or cracks with just their head sticking out and have even been known to hide in bottles.

If you want to see it's rather unique fighting style watch it here:

Sarcastic Fingerheads are found off the coast of the Californian peninsula, Mexico and along the coast of California.


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Acinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Chaenopsidae
Genus: Neoclinus
Species: Neoclinus blanchardi

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