Decorated Warbonnets (Chirolophis decoratus) in our display aquariums

Often hiding on our aquariums hoping that their furry heads give them camouflage or luring in prey – our charismatic Decorated Warbonnets are some of our favourite local species on display. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decorated_warbonnet.

They are pretty reclusive, but today two were out during the day in the rock tank and displaying some pretty unusual behavior we have not seen before. Perhaps sexual dimorphism in coloring and exhibiting spawning behaviour? There does not appear to be much (if anything) about their ecology, possible dimorphism or behaviour in a quick literature scan.

If anyone can shed more light on the specific biology of this species we’d love to hear it.  The video below was shot with a cell phone that was having focusing issues and is not the best – but interesting all the same.

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