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Spanish Flag
Spanish Flag
Fish. The Spanish flag lives in deep-reef habitats, at depths of 35-365 meters (115-2000 feet). With fluorescent pink and yellow alternating stripes, these beautiful fish resemble the flag of Spain. A red spot on their rear fin helps Spanish flags recognize other members of their species. They attain a maximum length of 30.5 centimeters (12 inches). Spanish flags usually live in pairs and are seen patrolling the reef walls, caves, and overhangs, often swimming upside down or vertically. Sharp spines in their fins and on the sides of their head protect them from larger fishes.
Scientific Name Lifespan
Gonioplectrus hispanus 1 year (estimated)
Carnivore. Crabs and fish.
Predators and Threats
Fish and humans (using as pets).
Deep, shelf-edge reefs, underwater mountains in the Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic Ocean.