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This fish is a reclusive reef predator that uses almost motionless techniques, moving only with the currents, to trick it's prey into swimming too close or will sometimes follow larger grazing fish, such as a Parrotfish, waiting for smaller fish to become startled and emerge from their hiding spots in the coral to find themselves face to face with the trumpet fish.
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Closely related to the seahorse their courtship is quite similar. The female will give the eggs to the male, who will then hatch and care for the young. Their courtship, however, is very unique and intricate. The courtship dance involves the contorting of their long bodies and also a series of color changes.
The Atlantic trumpetfish is a very interesting reef fish and if you are every snorkeling or diving around the tropics keep your eyes peeled, their camouflage makes them hard to see.
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