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    Chaetodon baronessa Feeding on Film

    Check out this video of Chaetodon baronessa feeding on a Pocillopora coral. A beautiful species that is better left in the ocean to admire, as few can sustain the dietary needs of this obligate corallivore. Watch as this juvenile Chaetodont dives deep within the coral branches to prey on some fresh polyps… while also using […]

    Check out this video of Chaetodon baronessa feeding on a Pocillopora coral. A beautiful species that is better left in the ocean to admire, as few can sustain the dietary needs of this obligate corallivore. Watch as this juvenile Chaetodont dives deep within the coral branches to prey on some fresh polyps… while also using its developing dorsal spines as protection against the other fish living among the colony.

    Although rarely a good thing, watching Butterflies throw ‘dorsal jabs’ is always fascinating to watch. They are very aware of their bodies and take full advantage of those spines!

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    [flickr: pacificklaus]

    4 Comments

    1. January 22, 2010 at 9:34 AM | Permalink

      That is really cool. It is amazing how small that guy is. How big do they normally get?

    2. STvertical
      January 23, 2010 at 9:55 PM | Permalink

      Any idea what those yellow fish nearby are?

    3. Mike
      January 24, 2010 at 10:45 AM | Permalink

      Canary damsel maybe?

    4. Mike
      January 24, 2010 at 4:45 PM | Permalink

      Canary damsel maybe?

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