Beauty in the sea-the Australian Pinecone fish

cleidopus_gloriamarispineapple-fishThe Pineapple Fish, or the Pinecone Fish (Cleidopus gloriamari)  is covered with spines, and has a brilliant yellow body with its’ scales outlined in black. If you look closely at the face of the fish it seems to be smiling. The edges of its mouth glow due to the luminescent bacteria that inhabit a structure at the sides of its mouth called the light organs. These bacteria are responsible for the glow which is usually green, but occasionally red in older Pineapple Fish.

The Pineapple or Pinecone Fish lives on the east and west coasts of Australia and the offshore waters off the northern New South Wales and Queensland coasts where it feeds on shrimp and small fish.


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Image courtesy of Google Images and Cleidopus_gloriamaris 1


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