Thursday, July 26, 2007
BLUESTREAK CLEANER WRASSE,
This wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus [Valenciennes, 1839], a cleaner wrasse, swims the reef crest operating his cleaning station.
Fish come to the station, & offer to be cleaned. The wrasse inspects the fish for any pests or parasites , then removes them as part of his lunch.
Most do not fare well in a captive situation, so it is better to leave them in the wild, so as to not deplete the natural population.
They serve a very important function on the wild reef, by keeping the parasites off of other fish.
This little wrasse, is not harmed by other fish no matter the size.
A strange thing occurs at night with this wrasse, as well as some other wrasses. It creates a sheath of mucus around itself, & sleeps in it, a little transparent sleeping bag.
You may want to go to "Planet Earth" to see what`s "Under Noah`s Ark".