mandarinfish #8 [117K]

Compared to its eyes, the mouth of this mandarinfish is very small. Tiny bits of white coral rubble are stuck to its head after it has sifted through the bottom sediment. Mandarinfish are structurally well-equipped for their benthic existence, with high protruding eyes and a vacuum-like mouth.

Identification: Synchiropus splendidus

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