Image: Moonlighter, Tilodon sexfasciatus

Moonlighter, Tilodon sexfasciatus

A Moonlighter shot in very shallow water at Lady Bay, South Australia, October 2010.

David Muirhead
© David Muirhead


David stated that "Here in South Australia Moonlighters are very often engaged in daytime cleaning of many same-sized or bigger inshore fishes, mostly rocky macroalgal reef site-associated species.  The Moonlighter has a 'station' (often a small elevated rock overhang or shallow reef ledge) albeit much less clearly defined than the sponges or similar prominent fixed invertebrate benthic stations favoured by the Western Cleaner-Clingfish, Cochleoceps bicolor."

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