Mimic Goatfish Lounging About
Photo and caption by Ana Guerra
A school of Mimic goatfish (Mulloidichthys mimicus) quietly floating in the water column. Some species of goatfish are nocturnal feeders; therefore, their daily activities lean more towards resting in the water column while surrounded by other fish. Goatfish have a pair of barbels protruding below their mouth that they use to sift through the sediment and find their prey. They are called mimic goatfish because they very closely resemble the Bluestripe snapper.
Location: Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Central Pacific, USA