Broncofish Matthew Rosas - Period 7
The broncofish is found in the tropical coastal waters habitat including coral reefs usually near the ocean floor. The ocean zones are epipelagic (also known as euphotic) and neritic (up to the edge of the continental shelf). Abiotic factors in this zone include the presence of light (which allows photosynthesis), low pressure, currents, and tides. The broncofish is white with a black head and dark blue fins. These colors allow it to confuse some predators. This is a nektonic fish, it swims freely in the water.
The broncofish grows to about 12" in length. Locomotion and balance are provided by the pectoral fins. This fish is a slow swimmer due to its roundish shape but it can produce slow bursts of speed. It also has an adaptation to help it get away from its predators. The stomach is quite elastic. When it is alarmed, the broncofish will swallow a large amount of water to allow it to expand the diameter. Only predators with large mouths such as sharks can eat the broncofish when it expands the stomach.