Fish Lab

THOSE DAZZLING DOTTYBACKS
(Family Pseudochromidae)

by Scott W. Michael

Oblique-lined Dottyback
The coral reef is home to a myriad of small, brightly colored fishes. Unfortunately, many are these are overlooked by those divers that only get excited about big and bold reef fishes. Dottybacks are a group of sea bass-like fishes that are regularly overlooked by divers. As far as their chromatic attire is concerned, some members of this group rival the most popular "reef beauties," like the angels and butterflyfishes. But unlike many of these reef fishes, most dottybacks are diminutive fishes that will quickly retreat into reef crevices when approached. Therefore, divers usually catch only fleeting glimpses of these fishes and do not take the time to "wait them out."

Learn all about these "dazzling fish" in this Coralrealm feature article!


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