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2007-01-04_15-45-28

Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

Several Blue Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides pectoralis) dart in and out of the mouth and gills of a large 5' long Potato Cod (Epinephelus tukula) resting on a coral reef head cleaning station at the famous 'Cod Hole' dive site on the Great Barrier Reef in North Queensland, Australia.
There are frequent feedings of the Potato Cod's at this site, though in general only one or two of the Cod participate. The rest can generally be found resting on a variety of coral reef heads being cleaned by the various species of cleaning fish found in the area.
These grouper can grow as large as 7' in length and are generally docile and curious, although the occasional aggressive incident towards scuba divers have occurred.

· Date: Sat March 31, 2007 · Reference ID: /22007-01-04_15-45-28 · Views: 14665 ·
Keywords: grouper serranidae huge large food fishing endangered rare massive lips gbr pacific clean cleaner station cleaning behaviour behavior symbiotic
Additional Categories: Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse, General Wide Angles - Tropical Indo-Pacific - Australia

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