Angelfish On The Great Barrier Reef.
Angelfish are well known for their brilliant colors and striking patterns. The smaller species form harems consisting of a male and up to five females with sex reversal of the dominant female occurring within about 3 weeks if the male is lost or dies. Larger species are generally found in pairs, they may bond strongly and occupy the same reef site for many years. The pairs will defend their territory from intruders, dashing from one shelter to another and emitting an audible grunting sound to warn their partner and put the intruder on notice to leave. The Regal Angelfish has large yellow stripes outlined with dark blue and then large white stripes painted vertically on the sides of their bodies. The dorsal and bottom fin tend to have orange stripes with blue highlights.
Some species of Angel fish feed on zoo plankton, a microscopic plankton that is difficult to see with the human eye but made up of small transparent invertebrates and algae. Many different species can be found on The Great Barrier Reef species like the Bicolor Angel Fish half yellow half blue fish kind of cut in half by its own colors. There is also the Emperor Angelfish with long vertical blue and yellow stripes from head to tail. Last but not least is the Rabbitfish, why do they call it the rabbit fish, well mainly because of its rabbit like snout and large eyeballs, typically Rabbit fish live on shallow reef crests, lagoons and tidal flats where they typically graze on algae, sea grass, sponges and tunicates. Rabbit fish have venomous fin spines which can cause a very painful wound if you find yourself jabbed by one. In general when snorkeling or spending time out on the reef use the rule – “Don’t touch anything”. If you spend your time abiding by this rule then it is very unlikely you will run into any trouble with the local marine life on The Great Barrier Reef.
If you would like to find out more on how to get to The Great Barrier Reef contact Cairns Tours Advice & Booking Center, a small travel agency based in Cairns, Australia, helping people book and find reef trips to The Great Barrier Reef from both Cairns or Port Douglas.