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CREOLEFISH

Paranthias furcifer

Shoals of creolefish are to be seen usually among the Apollo Damselfish / "Cavalley Pilots" off reef cliffs. The damselfish tend to be higher and the creolefish lower, intermingling in the middle.There are two types of Creolefish. The first are silver / green and have the distinctive three spots, sometimes black, sometimes white, just below the spine. They are all sizes, the larger (about 20 cm) being quite handsome fish.

The second type is red when small, with three black spots. As they grow they change to brown but retain a red spot under their fins; the lower head, lower body and tails are pinkish. When deep in the water their dark shapes far below look as though they are flying.