TAXONOMY
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Order: Perciformes (Perch-likes)
Family: Ptereleotridae (Dartfishes)

Genus/species: Nemateleotris helfrichi

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GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Goby-like fishes but like the other fire fishes has an elongated two part dorsal fin.They have long anal fins and an upturned mouth. The head is yellow with a purple forehead, and the body is varying shades of purple and white. Length to 2.5 inches.

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Pacific Ocean: eastwards to the Tuamoto Islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands in relatively deep water. Found over small patches of sand, rubble, or hard open bottoms of steep seaward reefs. Rarely found in less than 40 m (130 ft).

DIET IN THE WILD: Carnivore.

REPRODUCTION: Monogamous.

REMARKS: When approached by predators they dart into burrows or under rocks.IMG_6506

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