Yellowhead jawfish

Yellowhead jawfish
Yellowhead jawfish
Opistognathidae (Jawfishes)
Opistognathus aurifrons
0 to 60 ft
The head and dorsal fin are yellow. The rest of the body is a creamy bluish gray. Sometimes small black dots or lines are present on the chin. The pelvic fins are elongated. Grow to 4 inches (10 cm). The yellowhead jawfish is common throughout Caribbean, inclduing in the Cayman Islands. It inhabits muddy or sandy bottoms, where it builds burrows. It will hover vertically above or near its burrow to feed on zooplankton. While most jawfishes are believed to have several mating partners, male and female yellowhead jawfish form long-term pairs. These pairs, which mate regularly, also alert each other to nearby predators and will even help dig out a buried partner if their burrow is damaged!

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