Sabre-toothed blenny

Sabre-toothed blenny

name = Sabre-toothed blenny
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Actinopterygii
ordo = Perciformes
familia = Blenniidae
genus = "Aspidontus"
species = "A. taeniatus"
binomial = "Aspidontus taeniatus"
binomial_authority = Quoy & Gaimard, 1834

The sabre-toothed blenny, "Aspidontus taeniatus", is a species of blenny that mimics the "dance" of "Labroides dimidiatus"; a similarly colored species of cleaner wrasse. It tricks fish into offering their underparts to be cleaned. Instead of eating parasites from the scales of the fish, the sabre-toothed blenny bites the victim and rushes away. Fish that have already been bitten might attack other blenny trying to bite them. Another species of sabre-toothed blenny Plagiotremus azaleus has a different coloration.

It is indigenous to coral reef habitats in the Indo-Pacific.



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