Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Temptation creeps in... Can I resist?

I've been good at resisting the temptation to add new aquariums to my collection, but dropping into the Practical Fishkeeping website today I found this video of a gorgeous sole and the flatworms which it seems to mimic:

It's a juvenile whitespot sole, Soleichthys maculosus, and is about the size of a fingernail. The video was shot in Bali, but the species has been recorded on the Great Barrier Reef, including up at Lizard Island. Alas it changes colouration as it gets older, losing the orange rim. It's still an attractive specimen, and it's possible that one of our local marine fish outlets might have one at some point. I'll have to keep an eye out.

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