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Yellow-Headed Jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons)

The Yellow-Headed Jawfish or Opistognathus aurifrons is just one of the over 30 different species of Jawfish in our oceans.  This species of saltwater fish is found exclusively in the Caribbean Sea, in and around coral reefs.  As you can see in the pictures, these fish have a yellow head with a light blue body.

These fish are often found in the same area throughout their lives.  Like other Jawfish, they will often burrow themselves with only their heads and upper body exposed.  Often seen with shells, rocks or other small objects in their mouths, these fish will move their burrow small distances and re-arrange things to their liking.   
Like some other fish including some forms of Cichlids, the Yellow-Headed Jawfish is a mouth brooder.  This simply means that males will carry their eggs in the mouth until they hatch.  These fish are often kept in an aquarium setting and should be fed a variety of foods including brine shimp, mysis shrimp and pellet food.  You can check out the Yellow-Headed Jawfish in an aquarium setting digging a burrow in the video below...    

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Redear Sunfish (Lepomis microlophus)

The Redear Sunfish or Lepomis microlophus is a freshwater fish found in the Souteastern United States. This panfish is often confused with the Bluegill, but is usually a bit larger with a slightly different coloration. The males of this species will have a red edge on their operculum while the female has an orange edge.  The operculum is the bony part of the fish that covers the gills.  You can check out the Redear Sunfish in action in the video below.   

This game fish goes by many different names including the Cherry Gill, Sun Perch, Shellcracker, Stumpknocker, Georgia Bream and Improved Bream. Often feeding on snails and other goodies found on the bottom, the Redear Sunfish can grow to about 17" (43cm). They have specially designed mouths that allows them to use their pharyngeal teeth and moving mouth plates to crush their prey with ease. This unique trait has even won them respects in regards to controlling the invasive mussel problem that plagues some freshwater areas.
Like the Bluegill, this species will build nests in close proximity to one another and wait for the females to lay their eyes. These fish are even known to hybridizes with other Sunfish.  If you have any additional information about the Redear Sunfish including recipes and fishing tips please leave a comment below.

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