This week’s AquaNerd Picture of the Week featuers one of the latest additions to my personal aquarium, the rare and beautiful Fine-scale Dottyback (Lubbockichthys multisquamatus). This fish is an extraordinarily timid one, living in the more cryptic portions of the aquarium and peaking out only to snag a meal drifting by. Other fish in the aquarium, regardless of their demeanor, will likely scare a L. multisquamatus who is adventurous enough to venture out into the open back into hiding. Despite this shy behavior, the basslet is still a hearty fish and a voracious eater. This fish has fit in well with our community, and it doesn’t have the typical aggressive nature commonly seen in other basslets/dottyback.
UPDATE: This fish was previously misidentified as a Rose Island Basslet (Pseudoplesiops rosae). We have corrected that ID with the one listed above.
We’ve even included a video below.