ROCK BEAUTY: BAHAMAS REEF FISH (37)
The Rock Beauty Holacanthus tricolor is a small species of Angelfish. Seen swimming around the reefs they are unmistakeable, not least because of their bright yellow hi-viz jackets, remarkable blue eyeliner and blue-black lippy. They featured near the start of this series HERE, and a recent online search (for something else completely, as is often the way) reminded me to give them another swim round Rolling Harbour.
In addition to the hi-viz-and-eyeliner combo, the Beauty above has chosen a fetchingly cheeky pair of matching ISOPODS (crustacean parasites) to adorn its face – possibly the piscine equivalent of a tat…
Rock Beauties look like prime candidates for anyone’s aquarium, but their dietary requirements and tendency for aggression make them unsuitable. They are highly specialised feeders, needing marine sponge in their daily diet. They are also prone to chase their tank-mates and nip them. On balance, they look more fetching nosing about the coral anyway.
WHAT DO JUVENILES LOOK LIKE?
Juvenile rock beauties are cute mini-versions of the adults, only more yellow (including the lips). In some development stages, they have a smart blue circle in the middle of the dark patch on their sides (bottom image).
NOTE Rock Beauties have no known relationship to Chrissie, Debbie, Lita, Stevie, Joanna, Madge and the rest of the accredited ‘Rock Beauties aka Chicks’.
NOT A TRUE ‘ROCK BEAUTY’ (no offence, Lita)
Credits: Melinda Riger, Grand Bahama Scuba,Wiki
Enjoyed learning about the rock beauties, RH; and Melinda’s photographs continue to wow. I have never seen this fish in my Hawaii, Belize, GBR snorkeling–a true beauty. Had to laugh at the “not true” rock beauty.
Got a guilty secret ‘lot of time’ for Lita Ford. And Jennifer Batten… Far more likely to meet the fish in real life, however! RH
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