Comet - (Calloplesiops altivelis)

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Description of the Comet
The Comet is also known as the Marine Betta. They are nocturnal and tend to hide in crevices and caves during the day. The Comet has a false eye to confuse predators and if they feel threatened will hide in a crevice, just showing their tail which gives them the appearance of the moray eel! The Comet is not recommended for the beginner as they can be very fussy eaters, preferring only live food.

Popular Name: Comet
Species: Calloplesiops altivelis

Picture of a Comet - Marine Betta

Comet

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Profile of the Comet
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Comet species.

  • Size: Up to 20cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.0 - 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Prefers live food such as shrimp and black worms

  • Temperament: Shy, good community fish

  • Habitat: Reef Dweller at depths of up to 50m

  • Behaviour: Nocturnal, need plenty of hiding places

  • Range: Indo-West Pacific

Scientific Classification of the Comet
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Calloplesiops altivelis

  • Popular Name: Comet - Marine Betta

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Plesiopidae

 

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Comet?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!

Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Comet slimy?
Comet secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Comet to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Comet have gills?
Gills enable the Comet to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Comet have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Comet has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Comet has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Comet has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Comet has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Comet

Comet

  • Interesting Information about Comet

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Comet slimy?

  • Why do the Comet have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Comet have fins?

  • Species: Calloplesiops altivelis

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