This graceful glider of the deep, is a COMET, or Marine Betta. Calloplesiops altivelis [Steindachner, 1903]
This extremely hardy fish will feed out of my hand. Absolutely non aggressive, though don`t tell small shrimp that, it`s defense is to head into a hole in the reef, then stop with it`s tail left protruding out.
It then flares out, resembling a more dangerous eel, made more convincing, with it`s eyespot.
I`ve had this gorgeous Comet for years, & it is my gentle persuader, announcing feeding time.
It comes out onto the reef crest & with a graceful thrust, floats across, flashing it`s gold & blues, a sure attention getter.
Here it is exiting a cleft in the reef structure, & in it`s shadow, the strange movements of the pusing Xenia, mesmerize.