Surmulet à nageoires jaunes

Mulloidichtys vanicolensis
Yellowfin Goatfish


This goatfish is usually found in the lagoon, passes, and the external slope in schools that are sometimes hundreds of individuals large. It is not a very active fish, it eats small worms and crustaceans that it searches for at night, alone, at the bottoms. It has bright yellow fins (except the pectoral fin) and a pronounced yellow line from its head to its tail. It also has a small mustache which are actually very sensitive olfactory barbels that allow it to uncover small prey in the sand.


Photo : Paul Asman,  Jill Lenoble