This DVD on the kelpfish and their former relatives the fringeheads and pikeblennies of southern California includes two 22-minute episodes covering the relatively few species in this extremely interesting group of temperate to tropical fish. The narration talks about each fish's natural history, geographic distribution, habitat preferences, feeding preferences and other interesting information. These are also episodes in Dr. Bill's proposed cable TV series "Munching and Mating in the Macrocystis."
The first episode focuses on kelpfish in the family Clinidae, including the giant kelpfish (15 min) and the smaller species in the genus Gibbonsia (5 min). Highlights include footage of the giant kelpfish indulging in previously unreported mating menage a trois, as well as their feeding behavior and defensive adaptations including both their ability to camouflage and behavior mechanisms to avoid getting "munched!"
The second episode looks at the island kelpfish (Labrisomidae), the fringeheads and the pikeblennies (both in the Chaenopsidae). Although referred to as a kelpfish, the island kelpfish (5 min) differs significantly from those remaining in the family Clinidae. Thanks to several excellent underwater photographers I can present information about the fringeheads (3 1/2 min), the most interesting fish I've never seen. Footage of pikeblennies (10 min) includes feeding and their hilarious mating antics that remind me of young boys in junior high school.
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