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Mandarin Fish, Komodo Island - Indonesia

For about a half hour each day, just as the sun is setting, these tiny (6cm) picturesque fish emerge from the broken shells and staghorn corals to dance with their mates. Male mandarin fish will patrol the broken floor for a suitable female. Once they have found each other they align themselves belly-to-belly and together, slowly rise about one meter above the reef. Once they are at the peak of their ascent, they will release sperm and a cloud of eggs, and then disappear in a flash.