Yellowhead Jawfish Opistognathus aurifrons

Yellowhead Jawfish
Yellowhead Jawfish
Yellowhead Jawfish
Jawfish use their oversized jaws to move sand and small stones for their burrow and, like dartfish, hover over their burrow ready to dart back at any sign of threat.
Yellowhead Jawfish
Yellowhead Jawfish
Yellowhead Jawfish
The Yellowhead Jawfish is native to coral reefs in the Caribbean. The head is yellow with a couple of black spots under the chin. The body is very pale blue with bluish fins. It grows to 10cm long.
Yellowhead Jawfish with Lionfish "I'm your fairy godmother."
Yellowhead Jawfish with Raggedfin Lionfish "You shall go to the ball."
Yellowhead Jawfish
In keeping with its name of "jawfish", it uses its mouth and jaws to move sand, small rocks and shells to "dig" and form its burrow in which it hides most of the time, often with its head looking out.
Yellowhead Jawfishes courting
Yellowhead Jawfishes courting
Yellowhead Jawfishes courting
Jawfishes courting. The male also uses his large mouth (relative to his head/body) to protect the eggs until they hatch.