Harlequin ghost pipefish

Harlequin ghost pipefish

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Caption: Harlequin ghost pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) male swimming in front of a crinoid, a marine invertebrate animal. This fish uses its cryptic colouration to help it avoid predators. It feeds on tiny shrimps and plankton, sucking them up through its tube-like mouth at lower centre. It reaches lengths of around 5-10 centimetres. Photographed off Sipadan, Malaysia.

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Keywords: animal, asia, asian, bony fish, camouflage, camouflaged, crinoid, crypsis, cryptic colouration, ghost pipefish, harlequin, hidden, hiding, indo-pacific, invertebrate, malaysia, malaysian, male, marine, mimetic, nature, ocean, pisces, sea, sipadan, solenostomus paradoxus, tropical, tropics, underwater, wildlife, zoology

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