Puckerfish, rickzimmerman 2010
Puckerfish, rickzimmerman 2010

This fat-lipped Puckerfish is not to be confused with the suckerfish (as the remora is sometimes known), which has an elongated body and a pointed snout. Nor with the pufferfish, pupfish, sunfish, studfish or stickleback.

The Puckerfish is a popular choice for home aquariums, as this fish will readily attach itself to the aquarium glass with those prodigiously projecting mouth parts, making the fish both static and easy to view, and endearingly cute.

However, that same propensity to ‘kissy-face’ its home’s crystalline walls also makes the Puckerfish a favorite target of home burglars. Such criminals have figured out that a kidnapped Puckerfish, carried along in a watery ziploc bag to the next planned burglary, when coupled with a handheld glass-cutter and employed as a living suction cup, may make it a quick and simple task to gain entry through an exterior glass door.

The exceedingly large lips of the Puckerfish are indicative of its exceedingly large hunger and, thus, broad diet. Puckerfish are noted for consuming not only fish meal, whole wheat, spirulina, soybean meal, shrimp meal, squid meal, tuna, whole brine shrimp, scampis, clams, mussels, scallops, lobster tails, crab claws, and the occasional rare filet mignon with béarnaise sauce and a side of sautéd mushrooms.   

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