The Arabian Picassofish is a beautiful and unique fish species found in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. Here are some cool facts about this fascinating and striking fish!
- The Arabian Picassofish is named after its striking and vibrant colors, which might bring to mind the similarly striking paintings of artist Pablo Picasso.
- What's in a name? The Arabian Picassofish is also known as the Picasso Triggerfish, and the Assasi Triggerfish. True to two of these common names, the species belongs to the Triggerfish family.
- Male Arabian Picassofish create nests by biting and moving coral fragments, rocks, and shells to attract females to mate. They also use their pectoral fins to attract and court potential mates. They may breed in monogamous pairs, or as part of a harem which consists of one male and several females.
- Arabian Picassofish are known for their strongly territorial behavior. Females are especially aggressive when it comes to defending their nesting sites and young.
- The Arabian Picassofish is omnivorous, meaning it eats both plant and animal material. Their diet consists of a variety of algae, small crustaceans, and small fish. Like other fish in the family. Arabian Picassofish have strong jaws which they use to feed. They can often be seen head-down on the ocean floor, looking for food sources. Their powerful jaw and teeth can breach the shells of creatures like mollusks.
- The Arabian Picassofish joined Scubadorable on August 3, 2008.