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"All these things I should keep to myself
But I feel somehow strangely compelled...."
- Neil Finn, Sinner
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Identifying characters: A little cigar-shaped fish, señoritas have large scales and cute buck teeth which stick out of their mouths and simply cry out for a competent orthodontist.
Distribution and biology: These are strictly diurnal fish; they are active during the day and sleep at night. Actually it’s sort of neat watching their bedtime routine. About 15 minutes after sunset, the fish search out a coarse sand bed and, almost faster than you can see, they barrel headfirst into the bottom, burying themselves for the night. About 15 minutes before sunrise, they shake themselves loose, comb the sand from their gill-slits, and for the office, ready to trade plankton futures for yet another day.
Fishery: Considered a nuisance by some anglers because they are accomplished bait-stealers.
Remarks: Señoritas are cleaners, picking external parasites and dead tissues from the bodies of other fishes Lots of fishes, including bat rays, giant sea bass garibaldi, molas, kelpfish, blacksmith, etc are cleaned by this species. However, while some tropical cleaner (wrasses) are full-timers, señoritas are sort of dilettantes in the field, cleaning only when the mood strikes them and the mood only strikes an occasional fish, only once in a while. However, when this “cleaning thing” does begin, it causes quite a commotion. For instance, a señorita might begin by casually inspecting a blacksmith’s skin, looking for parasites. When the blacksmith notices this, it often stops swimming, holds its fins erect and motionless (frequently in a head down position). Other fish see what is going on, and quickly move in, often forming a ball of activity around the cleaner. The señorita soon moves away, perhaps to inspect and pick at other fishes, which are busily throwing themselves in its path. After a relatively short while, the cleaner loses all interest in the matter and swims off, leaving in its wake a trail of disappointment and despair.
- Dr. Milton Love, Everything You Probably Didn't Want to Know About Fishes of the Pacific Coast
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