mangrove

Mangroves are trees and shrubs that grow happily in the tropical and subtropical coastal areas. Unlike their regular counterparts, they grow on the mud flats of estuaries and marine shorelines. Thanks to their criss-crossy root system and the slimy mud, that fish and other organisms find it an ideal home.

Today there are about 110 species that are considered “mangroves”. And you can find many of them in our habitat. Besides the swimming type, we also have the crawlers in the mix. So look closely at the muddy bottom, there are crabs in the hiding.

I got my name from my rabbit-like mouth. Speaking of mouth, not all Rabbit fish are talkative like me. While the extroverts live in schools, the introverts live more solitarily among the corals. Here’s more. While sleeping, the rabbitfish (Siganus canaliculatus) gets cleaned by the shrimp Urocaridella antonbruunii. It’s a case of a fish getting a pedicure.

my diet

I am a herbivore and I feed on wild benthic algae – basically green stuff in the deeper part of the ocean. I also don’t mind feeding on jellyfish, comb jellies, and prawns.

where I'm from

We are native to the shallow waters in the Indo-Pacific region. But some of us have also migrated to the eastern Mediterranean sea.

I am the Mud Crab – Scylla Serrata, as I am famously known. I am hardy and I can survive almost all water conditions. I mean all. My shell colour vary from a deep, mottled green to very dark brown. So look a little closely when you try to spot me on the muddy bottom.

my diet

Sorry to say this but I can be really hungry and get viscous. The hard-shelled ones among us can attack and devour the soft-shelled moulting crabs. We are opportunistic cannibals. That apart, I can also eat any edible sinking pellet.

where I'm from

We can be found from South Africa to the Malay Archipelago, from southern Japan to south-eastern Australia, and as far east as Fiji and Samoa. But the natural range of Scylla Serrata is in the Indo-Pacific.

As you might know, I got my name from my ability to shoot down land-based insects. How do I do it? Well, I first select my prey, then rotate my eyes to focus, then I slowly reach the surface, I wait and then bang. I squirt a jet of water to bring my prey down.

my diet

Live kitchen has a different meaning in my dictionary. And you already know why. My natural diet includes small land-based insects and perhaps animals that can fit my mouth.

where I'm from

Our species are found in rivers, streams and pools. Two or three of my type are found in both fresh and brackish water. We call the places through Southeast Asia to Northern Australia and Melanesia our native.

You may think that I am bloated with ego when I say this, but I actually have a lot of defense skills. My inflatability keeps other fish from swallowing me and the presence of a poison in my body keeps even humans from eating me.

my diet

I mostly feed on invertebrates and algae. But when I become bigger, I can even break open and eat shell animals. My beaks become harder with age.

where I'm from

There are over 120 species of us across the world. And many of us can be found in tropical and subtropical ocean waters. But some of us also live in brackish and freshwater.

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