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Hula Basslet


Pygmy Basslets
Hula Basslet
Trachinops taeniatus
Place of origin: 
Coral Sea
A common NSW species, just ranging into Queensland in the north and Victoria in the south. Occurs commonly in rocky estuaries and coastal reefs. Usually forms large schools on coastal reefs to about 20m depth, but may rise high above to feed on zooplankton during tidal currents. Easily identified by its shape and the distinctive multi colouration. Males develop long lanceolate caudal fins. Length to 10cm.

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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