Red Sea Banner fish – Video

Video credit: Patricia Martin Cabrera (United Arab Emirates)

Review: Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the video channel)

Red Sea Banner Fish


This video was filmed at Ras Muhammad, Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt) and is a small part of much longer video which was filmed is the premise of the British navy ship “Thistlegorm” which was built in 1940 and got sunk near Ras Muhammad (Red Sea – Egypt) where this video was filmed.  Thistlegorm was attacked by German bomber planes on 6 October 1941 during the World War II.

This short video shows a single specimen of the Red Sea Bannerfish (Heniochus intermedius). This species is restricted to the Red Sea and the adjacent Gulf of Aden and is found at depths from 1-50 m. The utilization of the Red Sea Banner is mainly for the aquarium trade.

Although the “Banner fish” is a coral reef species, it feeds on zooplankton and benthic invertebrates. It is most often encountered alone or in pairs, but large aggregations are also found.

This species is characterized with two vertical black stripes on sides, anterior-most passing just behind the head and encompassing eye; soft dorsal, pectoral, anal, and caudal fins yellow; pelvic fins black.

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