It may be "the lowest form of wit" but I certainly don't rise above a bit of sarcasm and I'm pretty sure my face is a little more deadpan when I indulge in such lowly pleasures.
If the cause of all this is another Sarcastic Fringehead, it will probably be doing exactly the same thing. Swimming movements in these small fish are rather complex. Usually there are pale spots or patches on the cheeks. Connect with us on: If one of the rivals doesn't back down in horror at the sheer size of the other guy's gape or the sudden realisation that they must look just like that , then passive aggression gives way to a face-fight as terrible mouth meets terrible mouth. They reach 30 cm 12 in in length and while they still live in crevices and discarded shells, they're keen to leap out and scare the bejesus out of anything that encroaches on their territory.
Image source. Fascinating Images! Spawning usually occurs from January to August.
This is when their special face is deployed. This is what happens when someone actually does blow their top.
Perhaps we don't need to show quite so much of the inside of it, though. Image source Sarcastic?
Divers have reported damage to their wet suits by these grumpy little fish. It's angry. Although usually less than 10 inches long, sarcastic fringeheads are fearless and extremely aggressive, charging anything that approaches their burrows. Posted by Joseph Jameson-Gould at 12: Scripps Canyon, La Jolla, California. Pugnacious and aggressive, these fish lie in wait in their shelters ready to attack prey or intruders. Yeh, they wouldn't look out of place in Sesame Street!
Species Overview Although usually less than 10 inches long, sarcastic fringeheads are fearless and extremely aggressive, charging anything that approaches their burrows. Really, we can eat a lot of stuff, but whether it's tasty enough to want to is a different question. Many combinations of fin manipulations are used in their frequently erratic movements.
Heads are very large, with bluntly rounded snouts and prominent lips. We all need a good hulk-out face! If the threat does not solve the problem, it is usually followed by a vicious, gaping-mouth attack on the intruder and a hot pursuit. Males can be almost black with the rear of their giant jaw a bright yellow.