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The Yellow Trumpet fish

The Yellow Trumpet fish

The Yellow Trumpet fish (aulostomus maculatus) is a ray-finned fish from the family of trumpet fish (Aulostomidae) order pipefishes (SYNGNATHIFORMES), which occurs in the west, east and west of the Atlantic.

The Yellow Trumpet fish

The Yellow-Trumpet fish

Aulostomus maculatus can reach a maximum length of 100 centimeters. The body of the fish has an elongated shape. The dorsal fin has 12 spines and 21-25 rays and the anal fin has 21-25 rays.

The Yellow Trumpet fish
Aulostomus maculatus is a saltwater fish found in subtropical seas. The species is mainly found in the waters around coral reefs. The depth at which the species occurs is 2 to 25 meters below the surface.

The fish diet consists mainly of animal food, mainly small fish.

 

Trumpet fish swim slowly, sneak into unsuspecting prey, or lie motionless like a floating stick, oscillating back and forth with the wave motion of the water. They are skilled to camouflage and often swim in alignment with other, larger fish. They feed almost on small fish, such as bait and atheriniformes, by sucking them.

Trumpet fish are closely related to cornetfish. Trumpetfish can be a little over 36 inches (3 ft) long and has much longer elongated body with small cheeks at the front of its long, tubular-shaped snouts. The gills are pectinate, similar to the teeth of a comb, and a soft back fin is found near the tail fin. A series of spines in front of the back fin. Trumpetfish vary in color from brown to green, but also yellow in some areas. A black stripe, and a pair of dark spots is found on the base of the tail fin.

Trumpet fish live in waters between 0.5 and 30 meters (1.6 and 98.4 ft) deep and can grow to a length of 40 to 80 cm (15.5 to 31.5 inches). They are sometimes abundant locally over coral atoll reefs or in lagoons, where they can be caught in areas of heavy wave. The spawning habits of the trumpet fish are unknown, but in the region around Madeira the females are known to have ripe eggs from March to June.

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Frigate bird Large bird

Frigate bird Large bird

The Frigate bird is one of the largest birds flying around St Maarten. An adult male has a wingspan of nearly two meters! They have a easy recognizable silhouette in the sky, due to their forked tail. Frigate bird Large birdThe male is distinguished by a red throat pouch, which swells enormously in the mating season. The frigate bird can endlessly float through the air without a wing beat. They are true air acrobats and often chase other seabirds with less stamina until they release their fish. Frigate bird Large bird.

The moment they have discovered a prey to steal from, the wings are folded up and they shoot in a quick swoop down. when they are approaching the surface to within a few centimeters, the wings unfold and they float back up again is, of course, with the loot in their beak. They will never land on the water, because they are not able to then take off again. Their plumage is in fact not waterproof, the frigate bird can therefore not swim and dive.

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Green Iguana from SXM

Green Iguana from SXM

The Green Iguana from SXM or Common Iguana (Iguana iguana) is a large, arboreal herbivorous species of lizard of the genus Iguana native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean. The green
Green Iguana from SXMiguana ranges over a large geographic area, from southern Brazil and Paraguay as far north as Mexico and the Caribbean Islands especially in Puerto Rico where they are also known as “Gallina de palo” and they are very common throughout the island where it is seen as an intruder animal from South America; and in the United States as feral populations in South Florida (including the Florida Keys), Hawaii, and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

The green iguana is probably the most common reptile in the animal trade today. Green iguanas are readily available and nearly one million are imported into the United States annually as babies. It is true that these wonderful lizards are making nice pets, but very few people.

There is a definite difference in the physical appearance of the regional schema. As a matter of fact -. U Iguana Iguana Rhinolopha. All these subspecies are now synonymous, and there is only one recognized species: iguana iguana. Green iguanas from some parts of Central America have horns on their noses.

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