CREATURE FEATURE: Barred Catfish

The Barred Catfish (Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum) is a large freshwater fish in the Pimelodidae family of long-whiskered catfish. It is also called the Barred Sorubim. It is related to the Tiger Shovelnose Catfish. 

The Barred Catfish is dark-grey with black loop-like stripes and spots. Its head is depressed with a wide mouth and long whiskers, called barbels. Its eyes and teeth are small. 

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Four Stripe Damselfish

The Four Stripe Damselfish (Dascyllus melanurus) is a marine (saltwater) fish in the Pomacentridae family. It is also known as the Blacktail Dascyllus, Humbug Damselfish, and Blacktail Humbug.

The Four Stripe Damselfish has three black and white vertical stripes on its body, with a fourth black stripe ending at its tail. It has an oval-shaped, laterally-compressed body. It has a set of small teeth in three rows. 

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Blood Parrot Cichlid

The Blood Parrot Cichlid (family Cichlidae) is a freshwater fish in the cichlid family. It is also known as the Parrot Cichlid, due to its beak-like mouth. 

The Blood Parrot Cichlid can be bright orange, red, yellow, or grey 

It is a hybrid cichlid, which is a combination of breeding two different cichlid species. Its mouth is narrow and vertical, which is considered to be a person-made breeding deformity.

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Laced Moray Eel

The Laced Moray Eel (Gymnothorax favagineus) is a large marine (saltwater) fish in the Muraenidae family. It is also known as the Leopard Moray, the Tessellate Moray, or the Honeycomb Moray. 

The Laced Moray Eel is a long, snake-like fish with a white to yellow background dotted with many black spots which vary in size and shape, depending upon its environment. It has a paddle-tail. It has a small mouth with sharp teeth. 

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Blacktip Reef Shark

The Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) is a marine (saltwater) requiem shark in the Carcharhinidae family. It is an elasmobranch cartilaginous fish—a fish that does not have a bony skeleton. 

The Blacktip Reef Shark is slim and grey, with black tips on its dorsal (back) and caudal (tail) fins. It has a wide, rounded snout (nose) and large, oval-shaped eyes. It has 11-13 rows of sharp triangular-shaped teeth on the upper jaw and 10-12 rows on the lower jaw.

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Clown Triggerfish

The Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum) is a marine (saltwater) fish in the Balistidae family of triggerfish. It is also known as the Clown Trigger and the Bigspotted Triggerfish. 

The Clown Triggerfish has a flat, laterally compressed, oval-shaped body. It is black with the lower half of its body covered with large, white spots. The top part of its body is yellowish with a leopard-skin pattern. It has a yellow ring around its mouth, surrounded by a thin, white ring. It has yellowish markings near its tail. It has a small mouth with sharp teeth. Its fins are white and its tail is white with two black margins.

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Damselfish

The Damselfish (Chromis chromis) is a small ray-finned marine (saltwater) fish in the Pomacentridae family of damselfish. It is also known as the Mediterranean Chromis. 

The Damselfish is a large-scaled dark-brown fish. It has an oval, laterally compressed body. It has large eyes and a protruding mouth. It has a set of small teeth in three rows. 

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Neon Tetra

The Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi) is a small freshwater fish in the Characidae family of tetras. 

The Neon Tetra has a flat body with a light-blue back over a silver-white abdomen. It has an iridescent blue horizontal stripe along each side of its body from its nose to its rear fin, and an iridescent red stripe from the middle of its body to its tail fin. The colours become grey or black at night, when it rests. It has blue eyes covered with a blue stripe. 

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Powder Blue Tang

The Powder Blue Tang (Acanthurus leucosternon) is a marine (saltwater) fish in the surgeonfish family. It is also known as the Powder-Blue Surgeonfish. 

The Powder Blue Tang is blue with a streak of yellow on its dorsal fin. Its face is blue-black and its mouth, throat, and pelvic fins are white. It has an oval-shaped, flat, compressed body. It has a small mouth shaped like a parrot’s beak, with sharp teeth. 

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Tomato Clownfish

The Tomato Clownfish (Amphiprion frenatus) is a tropical marine (saltwater) fish in the Pomacentridae family of clownfish and damselfish. It is also known as the Blackback Anemonefish, Bridled Anemonefish, Fire Clown, or Red Tomato Clownfish.

The Tomato Clownfish has an oval-shaped, flat, compressed body. It is yellow and orange, or reddish, or blackish. Many have white bars or patches behind their eyes, with a black outline. The female is mainly blackish on her sides.

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Raccoon Butterflyfish

The Raccoon Butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunula) is a tropical marine (saltwater) fish in the Chaetodontidae family of butterflyfish. It is also known as the Crescent-Masked Butterflyfish, Halfmoon Butterflyfish, Raccoon Coralfish, and Redstriped Butterflyfish. 

The Raccoon Butterflyfish has a flat, compressed, oval-shaped body. Its colour varies considerably. Usually, it has a pattern of oblique reddish-brown stripes on its sides. It has a raccoon mask over its eyes, with a white space between the dark crown and eye area. It has a black spot near its tail. Its snout (nose) is usually yellow.

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Southern Stingray

The Southern Stingray (Hypanus americanus) is a marine (saltwater) whiptail stingray.

The Southern Stingray has a flat, diamond-shaped body with sharp, angular corners. It is muddy-brown, olive, or grey with a white underbelly. It has a barb at the end of its long, thin tail. The barb is serrated (saw-like) and is covered with poisonous mucous. Its wing-like fins propel it through the water. Its eyes are on top of its head. 

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