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Posted by Jon on December 03, 2006 at 13:30:27:

In Reply to: Outstanding picture of the baby Giant! posted by Brad on December 02, 2006 at 15:05:47:

Cool pics.

I wonder what evolutionary quirk led to such vivid coloration on the juvies (as well as those of other species such as garibaldi, sheephead and treefish etc.)?

I would have thought camouflage would have been a better survival strategy for such easy prey. They're not anywhere near sexual maturity, so they're not trying to attracted a mate.

Any evolutionary ichthyologists out there?

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