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Images Dated 7th February 2006

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Lionfish on a reef Featured 7 Feb 2006 Print

Lionfish on a reef

Lionfish (Pterois volitans) hunting smaller fish on a coral reef. The lionfish is a predator, often hunting in groups. It uses its widespread fins to force prey, mostly smaller fish, into a crevice in coral or rocks, before sucking it into its mouth with a huge gulp. The spines in the fins contain a potent toxin, which deter predators and can deliver a very painful sting. The lionfish inhabits reefs in the tropical Indo-Pacific region, and in recent years has been sighted in the Caribbean, probably due to escapees from aquaria. It can reach about 38 centimetres in length. Photographed in the Egyptian Red Sea

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Red gorgonian Featured 7 Feb 2006 Print

Red gorgonian

Red gorgonian (Lophogorgia chilensis) in a giant kelp forest. A gorgonian is a colonial cnidarian related to corals. The feathery white bodies on the gorgonian are the feeding tentacles of the tiny polyps that make up the colony. The tentacles filter food particles from the water. Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) is a huge alga that forms forests in the clear temperate waters of the west coast of North America. It can reach 60 metres in height and grow at a rate of 30 centimetres each day. Photographed off California, USA

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Coney grouper and eel Featured 7 Feb 2006 Print

Coney grouper and eel

Coney grouper (Cephalopholis fulvus) following a sharptail eel (Myrichthys breviceps) as it rootles amongst sand and rocks for food. The grouper will take any small food item unearthed by the eel. These fish are found in shallow tropical waters in the western Atlantic. The eel feeds mainly on crabs, and can reach a length of over a metre. The coney is known to follow eels while they hunt, but also hunts smaller fish and crabs by itself. It can reach a length of around 40 centimetres. It is a protogynous hermaphrodite. This means that all the fish start life female, but turn male as they grow. In the case of the coney, females become mature at around 16cm and turn male at 20cm. Photographed off Bonaire Islands in the Netherlands Antilles, in the Caribbean Sea

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