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Yellowbarred Jawfish


Subject: Even though the Yellowbarred Jawfish (Opistognathus randalli) is quite common on the reefs of the Coral Triangle, the species has only been scientifically described and named in 2009. These little burrow diggers dwell on sandy areas near reefs. Males, marked by a bright yellow/orange spot on their upper iris, take care of the eggs and are mouthbreeders. After fertilisation they keep the eggs in their mouths for up to a week. The individual in this clip leaves his den to go and take a big bite of… gravel. Once returned to safety he spits out what he doesn’t need.

Technique: Sometimes it’s good to just to let the animal leave the frame while filming. A shot of the Jawfish leaving and returning to his den is nice in itself, the spit was an unexpected little bonus.

All images Copyright 2020 Olivier Van den Broeck and Greet Meulepas for Beyond scuba. All rights reserved.