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Forktail Pygmy Basslet - Yellow


Pygmy Basslets
Forktail Pygmy Basslet - Yellow
Assessor flavissimus
Place of origin: 
Coral Sea
Northern Great Barrier Reef and south-eastern Papua New Guinea. Occurs in small groups and typically swim upside-down in caves. Mainly occurs in inner and outer reef habitats that offer protection during heavy seas. Often found mixed with its blue sibling Assessor macneilli. This species is readily identified by its shape and bright yellow colour. In deeper water it often appears greenish, especially in PNG. Length to 60mm.

Basslets are small, tropical, and often colourful percoid fishes found on reefs. Most of these fishes feed on small swimming or crawling prey, usually remain small when fully grown, and often are exceptionally colourful. However, a few grow to medium size and some related species living in cool waters can reach about 50cm in length. The smaller, and usually the more colourful species are ideal candidates for the reef-aquarium that supports living corals or other various invertebrates.

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