Dusky jawfish

The Dusky jawfish lives in the reef-associated, marine, depth range 1 - 12 m environment.

Multiple Dusky Jawfish can be housed together in a large tank where they can establish their own territories. The diet of the Dusky Jawfish should consist of a variety of marine fish, crustacean flesh, and mysid shrimp. More

The Dusky Jawfish has a body that is thickly mottled with shades of dark brown and flecked with blackish spots. The caudal fin and posterior part of the dorsal fin are yellow with rows of small blackish dots. More

Dusky jawfish like this one rarely hover above their burrow. Instead, they sit with just their head exposed, watching the world go by, and waiting for a meal to pass overhead. More

The Dusky Jawfish is colored in shades of brown and cream or dark brown Distribution - (ADD HERE) Taxonomic Stuff you know you More

Dusky jawfish can move incredibly fast...rocketing out of their burrow to grab food. Created by liquid Reefs. More

The Dusky Jawfish is a hardy and amusing fish for community or reef aquariums. Their cryptic coloring helps them to blend in extremely well with the substrate and rockwork. More

The Dusky Jawfish has a mottled brown body with glowing red to aqua colored eyes. They need a soft mixed substrate that is at least 3-4 inches deep to build their burrows. Dusky Jawfish are peaceful toward other fish and are ideal for reef aquariums. More

Common names

bocón prieto in Spanish (español)
Dusky jawfish in English
guardian escamudo in Spanish (español)
Mørk kæbefisk in Danish (dansk)
暗色后颌鰧 in Mandarin Chinese
暗色後頜鰧 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Perciformes
Family : Opistognathidae
Genus : Opistognathus
Species : Opistognathus whitehursti
Authority : Longley, 1927