Chomper fish - Cheilinus fasciatus

A distinctive wrasse found on many lagoon coral pinnacles is Cheilinus fasciatus (20cm), also known as "chomper fish" as they are quick to spot anything you might be trying to photograph and grab it right out from in front of you. We continually fend off these fish, which are aggressive and annoying at times. There are so many of these fish on some pinnacles they often can't resist entering another's territory. This is an aggressive display and although they did "lock mouths" several times, there seemed to be no injuries.

Posted 26 April 2011




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