TABLE OF CONTENTS
BIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR
VALUE OF FISH RESOURCES
CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT
DANGEROUS MARINE FISHES
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
Aspidontus taeniatus (Quoy & Gaimard)
(Cleaner Mimic; Machin)
SL: to 10 cm (photo: 7 cm SL, Apra Harbor, 7 m)
The Cleaner Mimic takes advantage of its resemblance to the Cleaner
Wrasse Labroides dimidiatus (p.
95,C) to approach fishes expecting to be cleaned, but it surprises
these fish by ripping off pieces of fins, scales, and skin instead.
Most adult fish learn to distinguish between cleaner and mimic
and avoid the latter, but juveniles are often victimized. Examination
of the mouth, which is at the tip of the snout in the cleaner but
under the snout in the mimic, will distinguish the two. The
mimic also feeds on small worms and lives in abandoned worm tubes
and other narrow holes where it lays its eggs and often rests with
only its head protruding.
INDO-PACIFIC: Red Sea to the Tuamotus, Line Is., and Marquesas,
n. to s. Japan, s. to New South Wales, Australia.