“Shoots out tube to catch prey Halloween”

This second Halloween animal is a bony fish.  The John Dory stalks its prey in the ocean and captures it by shooting out a tube that sucks up its prey.

The favorite food of this well dressed fish  is sardines or other schooling fish plus  squid and  and cuttlefish, It lives in the widespread area coasts of South West Africa, South East Asia, Australia, Japan, and off the coasts of Europe. They live near the seabed, living in depths from 5 meters (15 ft) to 360 meters (1200 ft). They are usually live alone. Jon dory

The fish with a laterally compressed olive-yellow body which has a large dark spot, and long spines on the dorsal fin. The dark spot is used to flash an ‘evil eye’ if danger approaches.

It grows to a maximum size of 65 cm (2 ft) and  weighs about 3 kg (7 lb) and has 10 long spines on its dorsal fin and 4 spines on its anal fin. It has microscopic, sharp scales that run around the body. The fish is an olive green color with a silvery white belly and has a dark spot on its side. Its eyes are near the top of its head. It has a flat, round body shape and is a poor swimmer.

The Dusky shark, and other large bony fish love to eat this fish and so does man.

At the end of winter, when the John Dory is three to four years old, they will mate. They  release sperm and eggs into the water to fertilize the eggs. In the wild they will usually life for about 12 years.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dory

Excerpts courtesy of  http://www7.taosnet.com/platinum/data/species/doryoreo.html

Image http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Zeus.faber.jpg

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  1. October 6, 2009 at 5:14 pm

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