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  Comet (Calloplesiops altivelis)





Comet | Calloplesiops altivelis photo
Calloplesiops altivelis

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COMET FACTS

Description
The Comet is a dark brown or black coloured fish with many small white or pale blue spots .It has an eye shaped spot at the base of the last 3 rays of the dorsal fin. The tail is diamond shaped. The Comet is nocturnal and hides in rock crevices during the day. When disturbed it darts head first into the coral, leaving the back end of the body exposed. The false eye on the dorsal fin and the pointed tail give it the appearance of a Moray Eel. The fins are dark orange-brown, with small blue spots.

Size
length to 20cm

Habitat
reefs, caves and crevices along drop-offs at depths from 3m to 50m. Hides under rock ledges and in rock holes during the day.

Food
crustaceans and small fish

Breeding
Spawns amongst crevices and caves. The female lays a mass of brown eggs attached to a rock surface with sticky threads.

Range
The Comet is found throughout the Indo-west Pacific. In Australia it is found around north-western coast of Western Australia, western Northern Territory and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Plesiopidae
Genus:Calloplesiops
Species:altivelis
Common Name:Comet