- Jawfish serves as the attention-getting common name of a relatively small group of unique fish classified within the Perciformes.
- This rather surprising Family includes 80 recognized members. However, several varieties within this Family still remain undescribed species.
- Its wide mouth has many uses. Among them, it uses it to make its home in tunnels it excavates itself, using its mouth to carry dirt elsewhere.
- Most individuals, and indeed most species in the group as a whole, tend to be very territorial, especially around its burrow.
Jawfish Physical Description
Understandably, physical appearance among the various forms of Jawfish varies. Most species, however, remain rather diminutive in size and average roughly 4 in (10 cm) in length.
A few of the recognized species, however, occasionally grow much larger and attain a length of as much as 44 in (0.5 m).
The creature is popular for possessing heads, mouths, and eyes that are relatively large for its body. It also has a single, extended dorsal fin, as well as a caudal fin.
Jawfish Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
Within this region, it also inhabits a specific range and usually resides in the sandy substrate of the ocean floor. However, it also rarely lives at depths of more than 656 ft (200 m).
The animal feeds on plankton and other small organisms. It rarely leaves its shelter, except to feed and, as previously mentioned, remains a rather territorial species.
The animal boasts an extremely unusual breeding practice because it is part of a family of mouthbrooders. Once laid, the eggs are carried around in its mouths until they hatch.
This period generally lasts for 8-10 days.