Fish with fusiform bodies are fast swimming predators that swim at high speeds much of the time or with great bursts of speed.
|Laterally Compressed (flattened from side to side)|
Fish with this shape are not very streamlined but they do not rely on speed for catching food or escaping from predators. They can easily hide in the rocks and the reef. They can move to these areas to hide or to get food that other fish cannot reach. They are very maneuverable and capable of great bursts of speed. They are often camouflaged with bright colors.
|Depressed (Flattened from top to bottom) Fish with this body shape spend most of their time on at the bottom|
|Eel-Like (body shaped like a snake)|