Crazy Bluespot Jawfish Colorations

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I was doing a bit of picture hunting for the Better Left in the Ocean – Bluespot Jawfish article we wrote and I came across some photos I’ve never seen before. They are of some gorgeous and out of this world bluespot jawfish (Opistognathus rosenblatti).

Just see for yourself how gorgeous they are…

Blue Spot Jawfish

Blue Spot Jawfish

Blue Spot Jawfish Displaying Mating Colors

Blue Spot Jawfish Displaying Mating Colors

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Image Credit: Gerald Allen

Clearly one is all yellow with blue spots while the other has a yellow head, white body, and black tail. There’s even a bit of green on its dorsal fin. Just amazing.

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  • cortez123

    The yellow ones are just young juveniles. Photos can make them look like adults if there is nothing of known size to compare them with..
    If you collect out an enclosed field [ ie. a sandy , underwater canyon] of say 15 adults, in 5 months the place may hold 70 or so small yellow ones competing for the space.
    In a year, there will only be 15 adult jawfish….again.
    In fact, unless triggerfish move in and ruin the area, there will always be about the same number!
    Few juveniles get to survive unless the area can spread out.
    Steve