New photos -
August 2005 These photos show a pair of A. imberbis found
in Saronic gulf at a depth of 6 meters. Click
on the thumbnails to see the high resolution pictures. Photos by John Reclos
Photos by G.J.Reclos/MCH,
August 2004, Serifos island.
Original drawing in "Guid d'identification des
poissons marins Europe et Mediterranee" by Patrick Louisy
Length: Up to 15 cm (usually up to 10 cm).
Atlantic, from Portugal to the Guinea Gulf, from Azores to
Cape Verde island, Mediterranean Sea.
Depth: From 2
to 200 meters. I mostly encounter them at depths of 4-10
Food: Small (plangtonic) invertebrates and fishes.
Nocturnal schooling fish, although
sometimes lives solitary in muddy or rocky bottoms, caves,
overhangs and swarms, related with reef environments.
mouthbrooder. There is a question about the relationship of
the species with the east African cichlids’ species. The
male keeps about 20.000 of eggs in its mouth cavity right
after spawning. The eggs form a bluish mass with a round
shape. From time to time, the male turns the eggs’ mass in
its mouth, spiting and sucking them back, the same way we blow
Both photos have taken in a typical Mediterranean reef
in a depth of 20 meters with the help of a flash - light, in
the waters that surrounds
Syros island in
Greece. On the first photo the three specimens are shown
under the overhang with some
chromis and in the second a pair of them in the same crevice
with also one
Both photos include other aquatic species as well. Feather
worms, algae, hydroids, bryozoans etc. are constructing the
reef environment of the natural habitat of the animals.
After spawning the male takes the mass of about 20.000 eggs and
guards them inside its mouth exactly like the female African
This fish is commonly encountered by divers. Due to their
nocturnal feeding habits they stay under rocks and inside caves
during the day, but if they stay out of a cave looking inside it
and hesitating to go in, that means that a much larger fish
(usually a grouper) lives in that cave. It is considered
worthless as food, so there are great populations of them
because they are not hunted by humans.
have to thank Kyriakos
Boukas (professional scuba diver and member of the Nautical
Ecological & Cultural Association of Kini bay) which he kindly offered these
photographs to MCH.
For any information about N.E.C.A.
and scuba diving in Syros island, you may contact Kyriakos Boukas in
the address: email@example.com
Andreas Iliopoulos / John Reclos