Impurest's Guide to Animals #49 - Sarcastic Fringehead

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Edited By ImpurestCheese

The End of January? What really?? Okay so sarcasm does not become me but it’s oddly appropriate for this weeks issue, but first we must mention the sinister mechanisations of last weeks creature, the Wasp Mantidfly. As for this week’s creature it’s like totally awesome dudes. Or something like that, and now in my most sincere tones I say, “Enjoy the issue guys”

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Issue #49 - Sarcastic Fringehead

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Kingdom – Animalia

Phylum – Chordata

Class – Actinopterygii

Order – Perciforms

Family – Chaenopsidae

Genus – Neoclinus

Species – blanchardi

Related Species - The Sarcastic Fringehead is one of the Tube Blennies found in costal waters around the world (1)

Range - The Sarcastic Fringehead is found solely in the coastal waters of California and Northern Mexico

Like a Totally Awesome Fish

The Sarcastic Fringehead is a foot long bottom dwelling fish with an elongated body with reduced pelvic fins and a large pectoral fin. Despite the large eyes it possesses the Sarcastic Fringehead is short sighted so it often hides in holes, abandoned shells and even man made items abandoned on the seabed. The Sarcastic Fringehead also has a fringe or cirrus (2) over the eyes, and is the reason for the first part of its name.

An ambush predator, the Sarcastic Fringehead presumably predates on smaller fish and crustaceans like its relatives, using needle like teeth to pin even the most slippery of prey. When the Fringehead is threatened it fully opens its mouth, to reveal a set of flaps that open up to make it look bigger. Coupled with the species aggressive nature and poor eyesight it will readily defend itself against much larger opponents.

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The real reason for these flaps is inter species wrestling, with individuals opening up their mouth and pushing against each other until one individual wins, and then chases the loser away (3). Such bouts are usually preceded with head bobbing, jaw snapping and gill flexing in an attempt to scare off their rivals. Such fights are generally over burrows that are used to lay their eggs in.

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Five Sarcastic Fringehead Facts

The term Sarcastic comes from the Greek word Sarkasmos which translates to ‘the Tearing of the Flesh’.

The Sarcastic Fringehead is fearless; it will willingly attack and pursue people and larger fish that disturb it.

When retreating into its burrow the Sarcastic Fringehead always enters backwards

Despite being a relatively small fish the Sarcastic Fringhead faces no know predation due to its pugnacious attitude

Not all Tube Blennies are large fish, Dwarf spinyhead blenny (Acanthemblemaria paula) only measures 1.8cm as an adult and is one of the smallest vertebrates in the world (4)

Bibliography

1 - www.arkive.org

2 - R. L. Kotpal (2012). Modern Text Book of Zoology: Invertebrates. Rastogi. pp. 341–343

3 - http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/onlinelearningcenter/species/sarcastic_fringehead

4 - Johnson, G. D. and E. B. Brothers 1989 (19 Dec.) [ref. 13532] Acanthemblemaria paula, a new diminutive chaenopsid (Pisces: Blennioidei) from Belize, with comments on life history. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington v. 102 (no. 4): 1018-1030

Picture References

1 - http://www.factzoo.com/sites/all/img/fish/fringehead/looking-normal-neoclinus.jpg

2 - http://www.factzoo.com/sites/all/img/fish/fringehead/fringehead-sarcastic-mouth-open.jpg

3 - http://cdn1.arkive.org/media/3C/3CD3239C-40AF-4033-8D18-BF56FDF47268/Presentation.Large/sarcastic-fringehead-males-engaged-in-territory-dispute.jpg

And with a flurry of fins and some underwater cursing this issue is chased off by the angry Sarcastic Fringehead we just happened to be bothering. Next week we have a request from @ostyo followed by @johnjo719 and an archived request for @laflux . Until then critic, comment and check out past issues using Impurest’s Bestiary

Many Thanks

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Interesting.

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And very well written.

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Awww, the attitude makes it even more cute, in a weird sort of way. Small but tough, I like it. Nice work ^_^

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I'll never see the word "sarcastic" the same way again.

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This things name is incredible.

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Wow. I never knew the etymology of 'sarcastic.' I suppose that's why people interchangeably call it 'a biting wit.'

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I sent a link of your article to my girlfriend because, holy hannah, this is her animal doppelgänger, haha. All but one of the Five Facts you've given match up with her.

I think it's adorable. Any creature who gets all up in another's face without considering whether it should or not due to size (or whatever) is beyond cute.

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@ms-lola: Holy Hannah? You mean she lives in a shell and swims backwards?

@wim_garnet: You are correct sir

@xwraith: That in itself is hilarious

I just lost a bet with my housemate Anatoly, I put a wager of £10 that someone would pick up on the Fringehead's Predator like mouth within the first ten comments...

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@impurestcheese: She could fit in a shell, that's how cutie small she is. And the walking backwards part is her departing move after giving someone a piece of her mind while glaring at them warningly. It's eerie. She even has fringes (short bangs) and a colossal mouth.

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@ms-lola: Hmm then a tube blenny she must be

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So they make out to fight? Lol

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I do that face when im being sarcastic too.

Also, it reminds me of a Dilophosaurus.

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#19  Edited By ImpurestCheese

@bruxae: Thanks for the comment. And you mean the absolute scientific blunder that was in Jurassic Park not Dilophosaurus

This is the real Dilophosaurus. No Frill, No Venom but all Bad Attitude
This is the real Dilophosaurus. No Frill, No Venom but all Bad Attitude

@cgoodness: In a sense yes. You know what they say about the line between love and war

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@impurestcheese: Oh I see, I should have figured they screwed up the other dinosaurs too with the way they handled Velociraptors.

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@bruxae: Yep not your fault though, it's great to have a comment from you.

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Ah... nice... very nice. =D

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Best since the monster worm

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@wildvine: Thanks, which monster worm are we talking about, I assume you mean the big bad Bobbit

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@impurestcheese: Well, that fish is just silly looking. I can't take it seriously.

Speaking of the Thunder Lizards, you ever think about focusing one of these on a dinosaur?

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#29  Edited By ImpurestCheese

@ostyo: Maybe when it's chasing after you you might think differently. That’s not really my area of expertise plus there are no extant species save for the birds. Still I'll make a deal with you, as soon as I get blood from a stone I'll do a dinosaur one off issue.

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@ostyo: What reference I was talking about a real phenomenon of bleeding stones (to be covered soon)

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I expected to see a annoying person that you would call a animal. Anyway good job I never knew that sarcastic meant that and you wrote it pretty well and that's coming from a former grammar nazi

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Holy sweet mother of god. That color! Dat 'tude! The name! THEM MANDIBLES!

Reminds me of like an underwater Sangheili.

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@ironspiderchan45: Thanks for the comment, the quality comes from years of report writing. As for the animals, well I cover a different unusual and interesting creature each week. If you want I can cc you into the shout out next week.

@JakeN7: Yep all of those factors make Mr Grumpy Gills a hit

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Nice

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@ironspiderchan45: cc = carbon copy it's the abreviation code for adding additional contacts into a list

@wildvine: Ah okay, may have found something almost as bad as the Bobbit and as such merits further investigation

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@impurestcheese: Oh, so you weren't making a Jurassic Park reference? My bad. D:

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@ostyo: Nope not that I know of