About Cleaning fish• Size: 10 cm Habitat: Indo-Pacific coral reefs, from Queensland and the South Seas to the Red Sea• This fish is more commonly known as the blue streak wrasse.• FAMILY: Labridae (wrasses) GENUS/SPECIES: Labroides dimidiatus
Design• This fish is called a cleaner fish because it attracts larger fish to its cleaning station where the larger fish are cleaned.• The cleaner fish enters the other fish’s mouth and gill openings to remove parasites and diseased tissue.• This important role is uniquely given to this animal by its Creator to supply it with food, as well as other fish with a “doctor.”
Features• The smooth, elongated body of the cleaner fish has very small scales that are brilliant blue with a band of black that runs from the snout to the tail.• This fish has a small mouth with protruding lips and teeth.
Fun Facts• The cleaner fish will actually go to sleep at night. It retires to a small hole in the reef and sometimes covers itself with mucus.• They have ability for a female fish to change into a male