By Bob Goemans
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Coral Crouchers

 Caracanthus maculatus (Spotted Coral Croucher)

Caracanthus maculatus
(Gray, 1831)

Spotted Coral Croucher

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Not Suitable for Fish-Only Tank


If it swims like a goby, looks like a goby, acts like a goby, it is a goby. Right? - Wrong! These small fish look and act quite similar to those gobies in the Gobiodon and Gobiosoma genera, however, are actually in the Order Scorpaeniformes (scorpionfishes and flatheads). They like to hide among the branches of stony corals, e.g., Acropora, Pocillopora, and Stylophora. Like scorpionfishes, they have venomous dorsal spines. There is only one genus containing four members.

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