This small triplefin is resting on some coral polyps. Shown in the retracted position with the tentacles hidden, the coral polyps are only about 3/8 inch across. The positioning of its eyes allow it to see all around, helping it avoid predators. The transparency of its body helps it blend against the reef-- its fins and much of its body are barely visible.
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Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2014. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed at http://animaldiversity.org.
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