Aspidontus taeniatus, also known as the „False Cleanerfish“, can be found in the warm tropical marine waters throughout the Indo Pacific.
The False Cleanerfish looks similar tothe Striped Cleaner Wrasse. It can be distinguishedby its more pointed snout and longer dorsal fin base. It also looks similar to the Lance Blenny. Aspidontus taeniatus resembles the Striped Cleaner Wrasse, a species that cleans parasites from the bodies of larger fishes. This mimicry allows the False Cleanerfish to "safely" approach larger fishes and bite off pieces of fins and scales.
Aspidontus taeniatus finaly reaches a lenght of about 11 to 12 cm. He eats, apart from the pieces of skin of his "victims", among others, the smallest zooplancton, fish eggs and small tube worms.