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  Rainbow Runner (Elagatis bipinnulata)





Rainbow Runner | Elagatis bipinnulata photo
Rainbow Runner

Image by Shannon Rankin, NOAA - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)

Rainbow Runner | Elagatis bipinnulata photo
Rainbow Runner

Image by Dr. Dwayne Meadows, NOAA/NMFS/OPR - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



RAINBOW RUNNER FACTS

Description
The Rainbow Runner is a long fish with large deeply forked tail (scissor-shaped). It is green to blue above with white underside. The body has two light blue stripes along the sides separated by a wider yellow or greenish stripe.

Size
length to 120cm

Habitat
Found in coastal waters, near surface of reefs, and in open ocean. May form large schools. Depth range 0m - 150m

Food
small crustaceans and small fish

Range
The Rainbow Runner is a found in tropical and warm temperate marine waters around the world. In Australia it is found from south-western Western Australia, around the top of the country and south to southern New South Wales.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Carangidae
Genus:Elagatis
Species:bipinnulata
Common Name:Rainbow Runner