Chelmon

Native to the Western Pacific, the 3 species in the Chelmon genus are distinctive for their protruding, needle-like snouts which are specialised for feeding on tube worms and certain molluscs. Unfortunately, they are generally difficult to keep alive in captivity for long periods as many specimens are adversely affected by the capture, shipping and handling process. Other than this they make for beautiful and interesting display fishes as they are generally peaceful and able to coexist with moderately assertive tankmates. They are not regarded to be completely reef safe though, posing a risk to fleshy corals and clams. Click or touch a thumbnail image for species level info.

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