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heydn62
10-13-2008, 22:57
Just finished diving in Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Can you help me identify some of the fish? I'll post a pic from time to time if anyone is willing to help.

I think the fish here on the left is a red parrotfish. Is that correct? What is the fish on the right?

Photo is in Grand Cayman at about 10 ft. Taken with Sealife 321.

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DevilDiver
10-14-2008, 06:57
Left)
Stoplight Parrotfish (Initial Phase) (Sparisoma viride)

Right)
Bermuda Chub (Kyphosus sectatrix)

heydn62
10-14-2008, 08:22
Thanks for helping.

This was taken at Palancar at about 50 ft.
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wgt
10-14-2008, 08:26
Yellow-tail snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus).


Thanks for helping.

This was taken at Palancar at about 50 ft.
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heydn62
10-14-2008, 15:24
Thanks.

Next question: Are these fish the same? At first I thought they were, but the tails look different. Different sex perhaps?

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DevilDiver
10-14-2008, 17:33
These appear to be Surgeonfish (Acanthurus bahianus) never with body bars. Similar to Doctorfish (Acanthurus chirurgus) always with body bars.

Both can change color dramatically from blue/gray to dark brown.

heydn62
10-14-2008, 17:48
Next two. I believe the one in the back is a parrot fish.

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DevilDiver
10-14-2008, 22:48
Front:
Schoolmaster Juvenile (Lutjanus apodus)
The bars will lighten as they get older.....

Back:
Yellowtail Parrotfish Initial Phase (Sparisoma rubripinne)
The whole tail is still yellow.

heydn62
10-22-2008, 22:27
These appear to be Surgeonfish (Acanthurus bahianus) never with body bars. Similar to Doctorfish (Acanthurus chirurgus) always with body bars.

Both can change color dramatically from blue/gray to dark brown.

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So then this is a Doctorfish?

DevilDiver
10-23-2008, 07:03
:smiley20:

heydn62
10-23-2008, 09:54
Thanks for your help DevilDiver. I enjoyed looking at your photographs posted here.:smiley32:

heydn62
04-15-2009, 13:40
I'm back with three more from my recent dives in Cozumel and Grand Cayman. These are probably pretty easy for some of you, but I've been searching the web for a couple of days and I'm still not sure. Thanks to anyone that can help identify.

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If anyone could recommend a good website to identify reef fish as well, that would be appreciated.

wgt
04-15-2009, 13:54
1. Bar jack (Carangoides ruber)
2. Dog Snapper (Lutjanus jocu)
3. Mutton snapper (Lutjanus analis)

# 2 was a bit difficult for me.


I'm back with three more from my recent dives in Cozumel and Grand Cayman. These are probably pretty easy for some of you, but I've been searching the web for a couple of days and I'm still not sure. Thanks to anyone that can help identify.

4476

4477

4478

If anyone could recommend a good website to identify reef fish as well, that would be appreciated.

CompuDude
04-15-2009, 14:39
If anyone could recommend a good website to identify reef fish as well, that would be appreciated.

Amazon.com: Reef Fish Identification: Baja to Panama: Paul Humann, Ned DeLoach: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Reef-Fish-Identification-Baja-Panama/dp/1878348388/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2G8TE5N4OZMS4&colid=2SE1JG8WV7K6M)

Well worth every penny.

wgt
04-15-2009, 14:56
I realize that the OP was more interested in an ID website (as opposed to a book). However, if the Paul Humann series is a prospect ( I also like the series), then I would encourage that the OP start with the Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas edition, as the organisms that have been identified in this thread are native to those zones. Perhaps this reflects geographic proximity in travel tastes.



If anyone could recommend a good website to identify reef fish as well, that would be appreciated.

Amazon.com: Reef Fish Identification: Baja to Panama: Paul Humann, Ned DeLoach: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Reef-Fish-Identification-Baja-Panama/dp/1878348388/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2G8TE5N4OZMS4&colid=2SE1JG8WV7K6M)

Well worth every penny.

DevilDiver
04-15-2009, 15:14
If anyone could recommend a good website to identify reef fish as well, that would be appreciated.

Amazon.com: Reef Fish Identification: Baja to Panama: Paul Humann, Ned DeLoach: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Reef-Fish-Identification-Baja-Panama/dp/1878348388/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2G8TE5N4OZMS4&colid=2SE1JG8WV7K6M)

Well worth every penny.


There is an interactive CD/DVD version as well...
New World Publications - Fish ID Carib DVD 4.0*NEW* (http://www.fishid.com/cgi-bin/shop.cgi?action=show&product=RNET_DVD&session=GAmAAHA4)

But I kinda like posting game.....:smiley20:

CompuDude
04-15-2009, 16:07
I realize that the OP was more interested in an ID website (as opposed to a book). However, if the Paul Humann series is a prospect ( I also like the series), then I would encourage that the OP start with the Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas edition, as the organisms that have been identified in this thread are native to those zones. Perhaps this reflects geographic proximity in travel tastes.



If anyone could recommend a good website to identify reef fish as well, that would be appreciated.

Amazon.com: Reef Fish Identification: Baja to Panama: Paul Humann, Ned DeLoach: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Reef-Fish-Identification-Baja-Panama/dp/1878348388/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2G8TE5N4OZMS4&colid=2SE1JG8WV7K6M)

Well worth every penny.

Oops, good catch, I wasn't thinking and hit the wrong book.

Amazon.com: Reef Coral Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas (Reef Set): Paul Humann, Ned DeLoach: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Reef-Coral-Identification-Florida-Caribbean/dp/1878348329/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239830681&sr=8-3)

paperdesk
04-15-2009, 19:28
That book really is the way to go, but it's more fun playing the game :-)

wgt
04-16-2009, 06:19
I agree that the game is quite a lot of fun. Given the number of views that these threads attract, I assume that the game is also useful for divers with blossoming interests in wildlife ID.

At the same time, it also seems helpful in developing photographic skills. BTW, I really liked the way that heydn62 brought the color out of the mutton snapper (good job). This fish is very much under-rated as a photographic subject and is a special favorite of mine. The fish is borderline shy, though, and it generally takes patience to build its tolerance.


That book really is the way to go, but it's more fun playing the game :-)

heydn62
04-22-2009, 17:40
If anyone could recommend a good website to identify reef fish as well, that would be appreciated.

I came across some good fish ID charts on the website for West End Divers (http://www.westendivers.com/downloads.htm) in Roatan, Honduras.

I do want to get the books recommended here, but in the meantime, these will be helpful.

DevilDiver
04-22-2009, 18:56
That is very cool that they put that up for download. The spieces files are pretty decent but some of the photos are not so good....still good stuff!

CompuDude
04-23-2009, 03:43
Agreed, very cool. Bookmarked and saved!

Although yeah, some of those pictures need work!

heydn62
06-23-2009, 23:32
Saw quite a few of these off molasses reef last week, but can't ID them now that I'm home.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9d802b3127ccec73a2aa3bbdf00000050O08AcOWrZkzbuQ e3nwY/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/ http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9d802b3127ccec73a32603a2000000050O08AcOWrZkzbuQ e3nwY/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

heydn62
06-23-2009, 23:36
....and these I saw quite a bit of on Molasses Reef as well. Appeared to be maybe some type of juvenile damsel fish, but couldn't ID it. Sorry I don't have a better photo.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9d802b3127ccec73b76bc1a9200000050O08AcOWrZkzbuQ e3nwY/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/



http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9d802b3127ccec73a9fec7a6200000050O08AcOWrZkzbuQ e3nwY/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

mrmccoy
06-24-2009, 01:01
Wow DevilDiver are you coming up with this stuff off the top of your head or do you have a really good fish book?

Ok I missed a few post ....:smiley36:

wgt
06-24-2009, 06:29
It looks like a blue-lined goat fish (Upeneichthys lineatus).

They are total clowns -- lots of color changes.


Saw quite a few of these off molasses reef last week, but can't ID them now that I'm home.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9d802b3127ccec73a2aa3bbdf00000050O08AcOWrZkzbuQ e3nwY/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/ http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9d802b3127ccec73a32603a2000000050O08AcOWrZkzbuQ e3nwY/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

wgt
06-24-2009, 06:43
This seems to be a bicolor damsel (Stegastes partitus).

Typical of the damsels, they are highly aggressive in defense of territory.


....and these I saw quite a bit of on Molasses Reef as well. Appeared to be maybe some type of juvenile damsel fish, but couldn't ID it. Sorry I don't have a better photo.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9d802b3127ccec73b76bc1a9200000050O08AcOWrZkzbuQ e3nwY/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/



http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9d802b3127ccec73a9fec7a6200000050O08AcOWrZkzbuQ e3nwY/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

maggs_the
06-24-2009, 14:57
I LOVE the damselfish's attitudes! I've watched the little buggers go after my dive buddy's fins AFTER he's passed by! :D Sneaky little things.


I have the Deloach books (except for the corals... ) and spent HOURS combing thru my thousands of pics from past trips and identifying fishes :)

I had loads of fun doing it and I remember quite a few, but I'm not quick on the draw like devil :smiley32: But I can usually help out on a dive boat if I get a decent description and that's even more fun cause then they think you're smart :smiley2:

I cant decide if I want to buy the corals & sponges myself or ask for it for a b-day/holiday... at some point, someone else is going to have to help support the economy. I cannot keep buying everything myself :smiley36:

Grizbear98
06-25-2009, 00:10
Are those Christmas Tree worms I see on the coral head? Those are neat little things.

heydn62
06-25-2009, 07:20
Are those Christmas Tree worms I see on the coral head? Those are neat little things.

Yeah. Saw a lot of those in diving off Key Largo. I can't get good closeups with my Sealife 321. I need to get the macro lens.

wgt
06-25-2009, 07:22
In schools, they are now called "Holiday tree worms."


Are those Christmas Tree worms I see on the coral head? Those are neat little things.

DevilDiver
06-25-2009, 07:26
In schools, they are now called "Holiday tree worms."


Are those Christmas Tree worms I see on the coral head? Those are neat little things.

:smiley36:

maggs_the
06-25-2009, 09:39
In schools, they are now called "Holiday tree worms."


Are those Christmas Tree worms I see on the coral head? Those are neat little things.

:smiley9: i'm slooooow but i GOT it finally!! :smilie39:

CompuDude
06-25-2009, 13:21
In schools, they are now called "Holiday tree worms."


Are those Christmas Tree worms I see on the coral head? Those are neat little things.

They were initially going to be referred to as "Winter Holiday tree worms" but someone pointed out that the other seasons should not be excluded just because they're warmer. That's just bigotry.

Grizbear98
06-25-2009, 18:50
hooray for the politically correct sea creatures!

petronius
06-29-2009, 20:10
This is a really cool thread - even though I've never been diving outside of CA I've really enjoyed it.

The mutton snapper in post #12 is an excellent picture! Is that a brain coral in the foreground?

DevilDiver
06-29-2009, 21:29
This is a really cool thread - even though I've never been diving outside of CA I've really enjoyed it.

The mutton snapper in post #12 is an excellent picture! Is that a brain coral in the foreground?

Yes! Good call........

Grooved Brian Coral (Diploria labyrinthiormis)

DevilDiver
06-29-2009, 21:31
How about this one........

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3285/2814514988_9f6f293f42.jpg

petronius
06-29-2009, 21:52
How about this one........

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3285/2814514988_9f6f293f42.jpg

Darth Maul? </Star Wars geek>

It looks like a puffer fish of some sort, although not inflated. Or are they called porcupine fish? That's a very striking eye color - it looks like an opal...

DevilDiver
06-29-2009, 21:58
How about this one........

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3285/2814514988_9f6f293f42.jpg

Darth Maul? </Star Wars geek>

It looks like a puffer fish of some sort, although not inflated. Or are they called porcupine fish? That's a very striking eye color - it looks like an opal...


Thanks!
:smiley36: I can see Darth Maul, especially with the little horns. :lsvader:

It is a puffer but you got to name the specific one... good job though.

wgt
06-30-2009, 06:14
I know...I know...I think...


How about this one........

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3285/2814514988_9f6f293f42.jpg

chinacat46
06-30-2009, 10:29
Is it a web burrfish?

chinacat46
06-30-2009, 10:30
Okay what is this one. It was taken in St Vincent and the Grenadines to give you a little info.

wgt
06-30-2009, 10:55
My answer was not the web burrfish.


Is it a web burrfish?

chinacat46
06-30-2009, 10:58
My answer was not the web burrfish.


Is it a web burrfish?

Is your answer a stripped burrfish?

wgt
06-30-2009, 11:00
It's a bit hard for me to tell the species, although the genus is clear. But, I wil stick my neck out and guess female blue-throated pike blenny (Chaenopsis ocellata).


Okay what is this one. It was taken in St Vincent and the Grenadines to give you a little info.

wgt
06-30-2009, 11:02
That was my call -- striped burrfish. The web tends to have more of a dotted facial appearance.



My answer was not the web burrfish.


Is it a web burrfish?

Is your answer a stripped burrfish?

chinacat46
06-30-2009, 11:02
It's a bit hard for me to tell the species, although the genus is clear. But, I wil stick my neck out and guess female blue-throated pike blenny (Chaenopsis ocellata).


Okay what is this one. It was taken in St Vincent and the Grenadines to give you a little info.

That is what I think it is as well just wanted to see if anyone agreed. Thanks.

wgt
06-30-2009, 11:05
Nice specimen, BTW, CC. I never get tired of the pike blennies.



It's a bit hard for me to tell the species, although the genus is clear. But, I wil stick my neck out and guess female blue-throated pike blenny (Chaenopsis ocellata).


Okay what is this one. It was taken in St Vincent and the Grenadines to give you a little info.

That is what I think it is as well just wanted to see if anyone agreed. Thanks.

chinacat46
06-30-2009, 11:23
This one is from Indonesia and was taken on a night dive.

wgt
06-30-2009, 11:53
I am finding this one difficult, partly because of the tremendous diversity of Indo-Pacific scorpionfish and similar genuses (assuming that I am not barking up entirely the wrong tree). Against my better judgment, I will guess a tasseled scorpionfish (there may be too many dorsal tassels on this guy to qualify). I would definitely appreciate other opinions.


This one is from Indonesia and was taken on a night dive.

chinacat46
06-30-2009, 13:40
I am finding this one difficult, partly because of the tremendous diversity of Indo-Pacific scorpionfish and similar genuses (assuming that I am not barking up entirely the wrong tree). Against my better judgment, I will guess a tasseled scorpionfish (there may be too many dorsal tassels on this guy to qualify). I would definitely appreciate other opinions.


This one is from Indonesia and was taken on a night dive.

When I first saw it I thought it was a scorpionfish as well but it's not.

DevilDiver
06-30-2009, 16:20
Is it a web burrfish?

:smiley32: Great!
Striped Burrfish (Chilomycterus schoepfi)
Stetson Bank, Texas Gulf

DevilDiver
06-30-2009, 16:24
http://forum.scubatoys.com/attachments/marine-life/5026d1246378992t-identify-fish-bt.jpg (http://forum.scubatoys.com/attachments/marine-life/5026d1246378992-identify-fish-bt.jpg)

I am not familiar with this one.

Large round eyes like a puffer.

chinacat46
06-30-2009, 16:34
http://forum.scubatoys.com/attachments/marine-life/5026d1246378992t-identify-fish-bt.jpg (http://forum.scubatoys.com/attachments/marine-life/5026d1246378992-identify-fish-bt.jpg)

I am not familiar with this one.

Large round eyes like a puffer.

This is a banded toadfish.

Check out this video I found of it.
Stock Footage Batrachoididae Toadfish Fish (http://www.reefclips.com/english/video_stock_footage.php?ukt=77&ver=2)

DevilDiver
06-30-2009, 16:47
http://forum.scubatoys.com/attachments/marine-life/5026d1246378992t-identify-fish-bt.jpg (http://forum.scubatoys.com/attachments/marine-life/5026d1246378992-identify-fish-bt.jpg)

I am not familiar with this one.

Large round eyes like a puffer.

This is a banded toadfish.

Check out this video I found of it.
Stock Footage Batrachoididae Toadfish Fish (http://www.reefclips.com/english/video_stock_footage.php?ukt=77&ver=2)

Very cool...
The only Toadfish I have found is the Splendid at Cozumel. I have looked for the Whitelined and Whitespotted when I traveled to Belieze with no luck.
This was a good choice to post! :smiley20:

chinacat46
06-30-2009, 17:06
I've seen the whitelined and large eye both in Belize but that was before I was into taking pictures. I've also seen the splendid in Coz but I've never seen a whitespotted.

wgt
06-30-2009, 17:10
Me neither. Chinacat stumped us.


http://forum.scubatoys.com/attachments/marine-life/5026d1246378992t-identify-fish-bt.jpg (http://forum.scubatoys.com/attachments/marine-life/5026d1246378992-identify-fish-bt.jpg)

I am not familiar with this one.

Large round eyes like a puffer.

chinacat46
06-30-2009, 18:24
Here is another view of the toadfish.

DevilDiver
06-30-2009, 20:26
Here is another view of the toadfish.

Cool fish....was this during the day or night? Do they shelter in holes like other Toadfish or is it common to see them out and about like this?

chinacat46
06-30-2009, 20:33
It was at night. I think they come out at night as I saw another on a different night dive but it was much shier and quickly went back in it's hole. This one was just out in the open when I came across it. Three of us spent about 10 mins looking at it and photographing it. It moved a little but didn't try to hide. None of us knew what it was but luckily the one of the 3 DMs on the liveaboard knew what it was.

chinacat46
07-01-2009, 12:38
Here is another fish from a differnt part of Indonesia.

chinacat46
07-01-2009, 20:12
Okay I can see you don't want Indo Pacific fish so here is an easy one from the caribbean. What type of seahorse is this?

DevilDiver
07-01-2009, 21:07
Here is another fish from a differnt part of Indonesia.

I will take a stab at it.....


Largescaled scorpionfish (Scorpaena scrofa)

DevilDiver
07-01-2009, 21:16
Okay I can see you don't want Indo Pacific fish so here is an easy one from the caribbean. What type of seahorse is this?

Dwarf Seahorse (Hippocampus zosterae)? The snout looks to short to be a Longsnout.

chinacat46
07-01-2009, 21:28
Okay I can see you don't want Indo Pacific fish so here is an easy one from the caribbean. What type of seahorse is this?

Dwarf Seahorse (Hippocampus zosterae)? The snout looks to short to be a Longsnout.

Yes it's a Dwarf.

chinacat46
07-01-2009, 21:32
Here is another fish from a differnt part of Indonesia.

I will take a stab at it.....


Largescaled scorpionfish (Scorpaena scrofa)

No it's a Whiteface Waspfish (Richardsonichthys leucogaster)

mrmccoy
07-01-2009, 21:41
ChinaCat you have a very nice collection of UW pics! I'm assuming you have taken them all?

wgt
07-01-2009, 21:44
Sea horse, no problem -- But, I was stumped again on the Indo-Pacific specimen. Good job, CC.




Here is another fish from a differnt part of Indonesia.

I will take a stab at it.....


Largescaled scorpionfish (Scorpaena scrofa)

No it's a Whiteface Waspfish (Richardsonichthys leucogaster)

DevilDiver
07-01-2009, 21:49
:smiley32: Good one!
whiteface waspfish
(Richardsonichthys leucogaster)
Found on silty coastal reefs, coastal bay sheltered sand habitats or deep offshore from India to northern Australia and Melanesia. Usually buries in the sand during the day. Cream to orange body color with beige to dark beige mottling. White or cream colored face. Large rounded head. Length to 10 cm (4 in). Nocturnal.

10cm- Good find!
Thanks for posting, all ways looking to learn, there are so many unique specimens on that side of the world and a lot that very similar but not quite the same.

Where did you spot the Dwarf?

DevilDiver
07-01-2009, 21:56
If anyone could recommend a good website to identify reef fish as well, that would be appreciated.

FishBase : A Global Information System on Fishes (http://www.fishbase.org/home.htm)

CoralRealm - Reef Fish, Sharks, Rays & Invertebrates (http://www.coralrealm.com/)

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia) has a lot of info as well.


This is a great wat to learn about fish ID and fun too.....
Marine Life Learning Center - Fish Quiz (http://www.fishid.com/cgi-bin/quiz.cgi?action=init)

chinacat46
07-02-2009, 07:05
I saw the Dwarf on my recent trip to Grenada and SVG the trip report along with lots more pics is here: http://forum.scubatoys.com/caribbean-central-america/24167-grenada-svg-trip-report-5-29-6-6-a.html
I also saw a red Dwarf seahorse as well and it's picture is there.

I leave the names off the fish and creatures so people can try and ID them but I know what everything is so if you are stumped just ask.

chinacat46
07-02-2009, 07:09
Here are two other reports w/pics one from Indonesia and the other from the Philippines. The pics I posted here are from the Indo report.

http://forum.scubatoys.com/asian-diving/19710-lembeh-raja-trip-report-pics.html

http://forum.scubatoys.com/asian-diving/17886-philippines-trip-report-photos.html

wgt
07-02-2009, 07:12
CC, thanks for sharing the photos and for providing the opportunity for folks to bolster their ID skills. It's fun for the beginners but also for those with more expertise.


I saw the Dwarf on my recent trip to Grenada and SVG the trip report along with lots more pics is here: http://forum.scubatoys.com/caribbean-central-america/24167-grenada-svg-trip-report-5-29-6-6-a.html
I also saw a red Dwarf seahorse as well and it's picture is there.

I leave the names off the fish and creatures so people can try and ID them but I know what everything is so if you are stumped just ask.

chinacat46
07-02-2009, 07:14
If anyone could recommend a good website to identify reef fish as well, that would be appreciated.

FishBase : A Global Information System on Fishes (http://www.fishbase.org/home.htm)

CoralRealm - Reef Fish, Sharks, Rays & Invertebrates (http://www.coralrealm.com/)

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia) has a lot of info as well.


This is a great wat to learn about fish ID and fun too.....
Marine Life Learning Center - Fish Quiz (http://www.fishid.com/cgi-bin/quiz.cgi?action=init)

If you want to learn here are two sites that have Fish ID quizzes.

Fish ID.com - Marine Life Books and Scuba Diving DVDs (http://www.fishid.com/index.html)

Fish Identification Quizzes | Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) (http://www.reef.org/resources/quizzes)

chinacat46
07-03-2009, 09:38
This one is very rare but fairly well known so it shouldn't be to tough to ID.

chinacat46
07-04-2009, 12:23
Here is some more help on the above fish by way of his close relative. The following are two pics of the same fish about a year apart. This particular fish is probably the most photographed fish ever having appeared in numerous mags and many visitors of Lembeh Strait got to see and photograph it over a long while as it lived on a particular reef for over a year.

DevilDiver
07-04-2009, 12:39
Sorry missed the post.....

Post 76- Lacy Scorpionfish??

Post 77- Padle-Flap Scorpionfish

Not as good with the Indo species.....

chinacat46
07-04-2009, 12:55
Sorry missed the post.....

Post 76- Lacy Scorpionfish??

Post 77- Padle-Flap Scorpionfish

Not as good with the Indo species.....

76 is actually a Weedy Scorpionfish but I've got a picture of Lacy on a disc from PNG somewhere. Unfortunately it's not a great pic was just learning how to point and shoot.

The Lacy, Weedy and Paddle-Flap are all Rhinopias.

DevilDiver
07-04-2009, 13:01
Cool! Thanks........


Weedy scorpionfish (Rhinopias frondosa)
The weedy scorpionfish, sometimes also known as the popeyed scorpionfish, Rhinopias frondosa, is a carnivorous ray-finned fish (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray-finned_fish) with venomous spines that lives in the Indian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Ocean) and Western Pacific (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Ocean) oceans (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceans), from Japan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan) to Australia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia) and from South Africa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa) to the Caroline Islands (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Islands). They are found in depths ranging from 13 to 90 meters.[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weedy_scorpionfish#cite_note-fishbase-0)

DevilDiver
07-05-2009, 00:46
OK.... try this one out.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2416/2742403200_3c59a620e4.jpg

chinacat46
07-05-2009, 15:43
Well I'm not a huge blenny person so I defer to the blenny experts.

Soonerwink
07-05-2009, 17:36
Taken in Cozumel
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/4/5/6/p6190091_009.jpg

chinacat46
07-05-2009, 18:19
Taken in Cozumel
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/4/5/6/p6190091_009.jpg

Whitespotted Filefish(Cantherhines macrocerus)

Soonerwink
07-05-2009, 21:50
Another from Cozumel.

http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/4/5/6/p6190134_052.jpg

reeldive
07-06-2009, 11:43
OK.... try this one out.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2416/2742403200_3c59a620e4.jpg


Seaweed Blenny (Parablennius Marmoreus) Very common on the wrecks off Panama City.

DevilDiver
07-07-2009, 12:38
:smiley32:

Here is one, fairly common in it's range but I always hear people ask about it when we get back on the boat.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2238/2268462072_97c94ab82a.jpg

DevilDiver
07-07-2009, 12:46
Another from Cozumel.

http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/4/5/6/p6190134_052.jpg
Trumpetfish, (Aulostomus maculatus)
Trumpetfish, Aulostomus maculatus, are long bodied fish with upturned mouths, that often swim vertically while trying to blend with vertical coral (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coral), like sea rods (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sea_rod&action=edit&redlink=1), sea pens (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_pen), and pipe sponges (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pipe_sponge&action=edit&redlink=1).
Trumpetfish occur in waters between 0.5 and 30 meters (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meter) (1.6 and appr. 100 feet) deep and can grow to 40 to 80 cm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centimeter) (appr. 15 to 31 inches) in length. They are sometimes locally abundant over coral atoll reefs or in lagoons, where they may be caught even in areas of severe wave action. The spawning habits of the trumpetfish are unknown, but in the region around Madeira, it is known that the females have mature eggs from March to June.

Sooner-
Are you still using the Oly 350? You have a crisp clear shot there, what happened with the lighting?

wgt
07-07-2009, 12:47
This is a great choice for an ID challenge.

Hint: This specimen and other members of the genus are predatory, often gaining an advantage on their prey by mimicking and often mixing with grazing fish.

Good job and nice picture, DD.


:smiley32:

Here is one, fairly common in it's range but I always hear people ask about it when we get back on the boat.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2238/2268462072_97c94ab82a.jpg

chinacat46
07-07-2009, 16:00
This one of my favorite fish in the caribbean. So I will let somebody else ID it as I know it all to well.

CompuDude
07-07-2009, 16:03
Are we talking about the Indigo Hamlet, or something else in that photo?

Love those guys. So pretty. I'm a sucker for fish with bright blue!

Soonerwink
07-07-2009, 21:22
Another from Cozumel.

http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/4/5/6/p6190134_052.jpg
Trumpetfish, (Aulostomus maculatus)
Trumpetfish, Aulostomus maculatus, are long bodied fish with upturned mouths, that often swim vertically while trying to blend with vertical coral (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coral), like sea rods (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sea_rod&action=edit&redlink=1), sea pens (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_pen), and pipe sponges (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pipe_sponge&action=edit&redlink=1).
Trumpetfish occur in waters between 0.5 and 30 meters (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meter) (1.6 and appr. 100 feet) deep and can grow to 40 to 80 cm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centimeter) (appr. 15 to 31 inches) in length. They are sometimes locally abundant over coral atoll reefs or in lagoons, where they may be caught even in areas of severe wave action. The spawning habits of the trumpetfish are unknown, but in the region around Madeira, it is known that the females have mature eggs from March to June.

Sooner-
Are you still using the Oly 350? You have a crisp clear shot there, what happened with the lighting?

Yes I am using the Sp-350, I had my wide angle w/ no strobe, for this was a shallow dive with a lot of light. But forgot that I had my flash set at 1. I had several pics that turned out this way with just a little bit of color showing up.

Splitlip
07-07-2009, 22:06
You dry guys and left coasters impress me.

chinacat46
07-07-2009, 22:29
well keeping with the blue theme.

wgt
07-07-2009, 22:33
These gorgeous sand-factories are always in motion.


well keeping with the blue theme.

Splitlip
07-07-2009, 22:35
When you here a local diver say he "needs to make sand", he is not talking about working a quarry.

DevilDiver
07-07-2009, 22:46
well keeping with the blue theme.

Nice shot.... terminal phase too. What camera are you using?

chinacat46
07-08-2009, 07:05
well keeping with the blue theme.

Nice shot.... terminal phase too. What camera are you using?

This shot is from the Bahamas last spring. I was and am using a canon SD900 with a canon uw case. Need to upgrade but it gets decent pics.

JCAT
07-08-2009, 17:57
Here's another, plus it's blue.
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/6/7/6/crw_2105.jpg

DevilDiver
07-08-2009, 18:13
well keeping with the blue theme.

Blue Parrotfish (Scarus coeruleus) Terninal Phase

DevilDiver
07-08-2009, 18:18
Here's another, plus it's blue.
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/6/7/6/crw_2105.jpg

Redtail Parrotfish (Sparisoma chrysopterum) Terminal Phase

Parrotfish can be tricky at times due to the dramatic changes in color, shape and markings as they mature or change sex.

This makes them fun to ID........:smiley32:

chinacat46
07-08-2009, 19:06
Okay this one is from the pacific and is very common. It's also a bugger to photograph with a point and shoot! Also it's not blue.

DevilDiver
07-08-2009, 19:52
Okay this one is from the pacific and is very common. It's also a bugger to photograph with a point and shoot! Also it's not blue.


Arrhhh...... If I saw this in the Caribbean I would say Red Spotted Hawkfish..... Arrhhhh.

Gotta stay with Hawkfish but not sure if it's Coral or Blotched. :smiley5:

chinacat46
07-08-2009, 19:56
Okay this one is from the pacific and is very common. It's also a bugger to photograph with a point and shoot! Also it's not blue.


Arrhhh...... If I saw this in the Caribbean I would say Red Spotted Hawkfish..... Arrhhhh.

Gotta stay with Hawkfish but not sure if it's Coral or Blotched. :smiley5:

It is a hawkfish but I'm not familar with the two you mentioned.

DevilDiver
07-08-2009, 23:07
Would this be it?

http://www.fishbase.org/images/thumbnails/jpg/tn_Cioxy_u0.jpg (http://www.fishbase.org/Photos/ThumbnailsSummary.php?ID=5830)
Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus

Coral hawkfish
Catalog of Fishes (http://research.calacademy.org/research/ichthyology/catalog/fishcatget.asp?spid=21362)| ITIS (http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=645648) | CoL (http://www.catalogueoflife.org/search_results.php?search_string=Cirrhitichthys+ox ycephalus&match_whole_words=on)
Classification
Actinopterygii | Perciformes (http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/OrdersSummary.cfm?order=Perciformes) | Cirrhitidae (http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/FamilySummary.cfm?ID=352)
Synonyms
Cirrhites oxycephalus (http://www.fishbase.org/Nomenclature/SynonymSummary.php?ID=21634&GSID=21362&Status=synonym&Synonymy=senior+synonym&Combination=original+combination&GenusName=Cirrhites&SpeciesName=oxycephalus&SpecCode=5830&SynonymsRef=5357&Author=Bleeker%2C+1855&Misspelling=0), Cirrhites grandimaculatus (http://www.fishbase.org/Nomenclature/SynonymSummary.php?ID=21636&GSID=62492&Status=synonym&Synonymy=junior+synonym&Combination=original+combination&GenusName=Cirrhites&SpeciesName=grandimaculatus&SpecCode=5830&SynonymsRef=5357&Author=Li%E9nard%2C+1891&Misspelling=0), Cirrhites murrayi (http://www.fishbase.org/Nomenclature/SynonymSummary.php?ID=21637&GSID=39230&Status=synonym&Synonymy=junior+synonym&Combination=original+combination&GenusName=Cirrhites&SpeciesName=murrayi&SpecCode=5830&SynonymsRef=5357&Author=Regan%2C+1909&Misspelling=0), ... more</B> (http://www.fishbase.org/Nomenclature/SynonymsList.php?ID=5830&SynCode=21635&GenusName=Cirrhitichthys&SpeciesName=oxycephalus)
Common names
Spotted hawkfish (http://www.fishbase.org/ComNames/CommonNameSummary.php?autoctr=313209), Pixy hawkfish (http://www.fishbase.org/ComNames/CommonNameSummary.php?autoctr=61687), Halcón de coral (http://www.fishbase.org/ComNames/CommonNameSummary.php?autoctr=242564), ... more</B> (http://www.fishbase.org/comnames/CommonNamesList.php?ID=5830&GenusName=Cirrhitichthys&SpeciesName=oxycephalus&StockCode=6150)

DevilDiver
07-08-2009, 23:13
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/32/Cirrhitichthys_aprinus.JPG/800px-Cirrhitichthys_aprinus.JPG (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/32/Cirrhitichthys_aprinus.JPG)
Spotted Hawkfish. Cirrhitichthys aprinus (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Cirrhitichthys_aprinus) also know as Blotched Hawkfish

I am leaning more towards this one.

chinacat46
07-09-2009, 07:29
The spotted is close but it's a Dwarf Hawkfish. Cirrhitichthys falco

BTW I call the Coral hawkfish the Pixy hawkfish which is one of it's other names.

DevilDiver
07-09-2009, 07:41
The spotted is close but it's a Dwarf Hawkfish. Cirrhitichthys falco

BTW I call the Coral hawkfish the Pixy hawkfish which is one of it's other names.


Very good...... :smiley32: Thanks for the pic and the info!

chinacat46
07-09-2009, 07:58
I was looking in my book and they call the Spotted the Threadfin so it appears many of these fish have multiple names but the scientific names are the same.

I use "Reef Fish Identification - Tropical Pacific" by Allen, Steene, Humann, Deloach

chinacat46
07-09-2009, 11:27
Here is one of my favorite fish. I know this one has at least 3 different common names but luckily I don't believe there are any fish that look like it. I've heard these are rare but I've seen them in so many different places I'm starting to doubt that but they are very fun to watch and I've always seen them in pairs. If you approach them slowly they will let you get fairly close.

DevilDiver
07-09-2009, 14:33
I know this is a Dragonet but I have no idea the specific one. 99% of the photos I have seen are of the Mandarin and I know this is not one.

Punt to someone else who can narrow it down.....

Really cool fish, these are on my "list".

wgt
07-09-2009, 15:03
Isn't this a twinspot goby (Signigobius biocellatus)?!


I know this is a Dragonet but I have no idea the specific one. 99% of the photos I have seen are of the Mandarin and I know this is not one.

Punt to someone else who can narrow it down.....

Really cool fish, these are on my "list".

chinacat46
07-09-2009, 15:39
Isn't this a twinspot goby (Signigobius biocellatus)?!


I know this is a Dragonet but I have no idea the specific one. 99% of the photos I have seen are of the Mandarin and I know this is not one.

Punt to someone else who can narrow it down.....

Really cool fish, these are on my "list".

Ding Ding Ding we have a winner. Twinspot goby also called signal goby also called crab eye goby.

chinacat46
07-09-2009, 17:51
I think this is the dragonet that Devildiver was thinking about.

It's a Fingered Dragonet(Dactylopus dactylopus)

DevilDiver
07-09-2009, 18:05
Ahhh..... You are right!!

(Signigobius biocellatus)

Twinspot goby

Common names
Crab-eye goby (http://www.fishbase.org/ComNames/CommonNameSummary.php?autoctr=17825) , Signal goby (http://www.fishbase.org/ComNames/CommonNameSummary.php?autoctr=74606)

http://www.fishbase.org/images/thumbnails/jpg/tn_Sibio_u5.jpg (http://www.fishbase.org/Photos/ThumbnailsSummary.php?ID=7245)

chinacat46
07-10-2009, 16:23
Here is an easy one from the Bahamas. For bonus points name his buddy.

DevilDiver
07-10-2009, 16:58
Here is an easy one from the Bahamas. For bonus points name his buddy.


Fish - Coney (Cephslopholis fulva)

Buddy - Isopod (Cymothoidae)

A number of isopod groups have evolved a parasitic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasite) lifestyle. The suborder Epicaridea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epicaridea) is exclusively parasitic, while the polyphyletic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyphyly) suborder Flabellifera (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flabellifera) is partly parasitic. Cymothoa exigua (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymothoa_exigua), for example, is a parasite of the spotted rose snapper fish Lutjanus guttatus (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lutjanus_guttatus&action=edit&redlink=1) in the Gulf of California (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_of_California); it eats the tongue of the fish, and takes its place, in the only known instance of a parasite functionally replacing a host structure.

chinacat46
07-10-2009, 17:09
Thanks DD!

DevilDiver
07-10-2009, 18:52
Here you go......

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2373/2270680084_532288f8bf.jpg

chinacat46
07-10-2009, 19:15
Not positive but it looks like an Almaco Jack (Seriola rivoliana)

DevilDiver
07-10-2009, 19:35
This would be his big brother.... Amberjack (Seriola dumerili) they look very similar.

Really cool watching these guys feed on bait fish. Talk about fast........

Got this photo at the Texas Flower Gardens** Gulf of Mexico a couple of years back.

** Yes Texas. It is ours.........

DevilDiver
07-10-2009, 19:40
Common reef fish but often misidentified...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3013/2742457302_8550f7b255.jpg

chinacat46
07-10-2009, 19:40
Kewl thats why I wasn't positive. Thanks!

chinacat46
07-10-2009, 19:42
Okay I'm pretty sure on #122. I'm going with a Blue Angelfish(Holacanthus bermudensia)

DevilDiver
07-10-2009, 20:14
Okay I'm pretty sure on #122. I'm going with a Blue Angelfish(Holacanthus bermudensia)

Right on!

Do you have a professional interest in Biology?

chinacat46
07-10-2009, 20:17
Okay I'm pretty sure on #122. I'm going with a Blue Angelfish(Holacanthus bermudensia)

Right on!

Do you have a professional interest in Biology?

Nope just an amateur ichthyologist.

DevilDiver
07-10-2009, 20:35
Okay I'm pretty sure on #122. I'm going with a Blue Angelfish(Holacanthus bermudensia)

Right on!

Do you have a professional interest in Biology?

Nope just an amateur ichthyologist.

:smiley36: Yep.... It started for me with my first blue water dive, the camera thing too. I had a crazy idea one time I would take a photo of every fish that I "discovered" on my dives and put together a book cataloging them to see if I could collect them all, like baseball cards. That did not last long.....

DevilDiver
07-10-2009, 20:39
Not the best photo but should be enough.......

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3049/2741859387_48f1179e5b.jpg

There is a bonus in this photo I did not see until I got back from this trip. You have to look close, I obviously did not.

chinacat46
07-11-2009, 08:15
This one is tough it's either a juvenile Queen Angelfish or a juvenile Blue Angelfish. Since I can't see the side bars it's tough to say but I think it's a Queen Angelfish(Holacanthus cilaris). As for the bonus it looks like there are a few sea slugs at the bottom of the pic. Not sure but they look like Painted Elysia(Elysia picta)

chinacat46
07-11-2009, 08:20
Okay I'm pretty sure on #122. I'm going with a Blue Angelfish(Holacanthus bermudensia)

Right on!

Do you have a professional interest in Biology?

Nope just an amateur ichthyologist.

:smiley36: Yep.... It started for me with my first blue water dive, the camera thing too. I had a crazy idea one time I would take a photo of every fish that I "discovered" on my dives and put together a book cataloging them to see if I could collect them all, like baseball cards. That did not last long.....

I wish I had started the camera thing a lot earlier then I did but I've never been into photography above water. When I first started I took terrible pics. Took me a while to figure things out. I think I get pretty good pics now for just using a point and shoot but taking pictures of fish is a real challenge with a point and shoot. To much shutter lag so I get lots of tails. I'd like to upgrade to Canon G10 but that is still a point and shoot although definitely a step up from what I'm using now.

DevilDiver
07-11-2009, 08:38
This one is tough it's either a juvenile Queen Angelfish or a juvenile Blue Angelfish. Since I can't see the side bars it's tough to say but I think it's a Queen Angelfish(Holacanthus cilaris). As for the bonus it looks like there are a few sea slugs at the bottom of the pic. Not sure but they look like Painted Elysia(Elysia picta)


Chinacat46- :smiley32:

You are good...... It is actually a Juvenile Blue. The Juv Blue & Queen are almost identical except for the blue body bars. The second body bar on the Queen is curved where the Blue is straight. :smiley20:

Bonus- Exactly! I was PO'd when I downloaded this photo and saw the Elysia's in the picture. I was focused on the fish and not paying attention to the surroundings. :smiley19:

chinacat46
07-11-2009, 08:43
Yeah I just guessed Queen since the last pic was a Blue. Without seeing the side body bars that is about all I could do. If I had been there I would have gotten some great shots of those Elysia's I love sea slugs and using a p&s they don't move to fast either. :-) I probably wouldn't have even gotten a pic of the Blue except it's tail.

Juvenile Angels are tough the French & Gray look similar except for the tail. I got a pic of French juv when in SVG. You can see it's tail so it's easy to distinguish from a Gray.

DevilDiver
07-11-2009, 09:20
Your making me dig for photos that I have not looked at for a long time.......:smiley36:

I have a Juv French (attached below)- notice the tail and yellow border around the outside of the tail...

The Juv Gray Angel only has yellow at the base of the tail followed by black.
(I have a photo somewhere but I can't find it......)

chinacat46
07-11-2009, 11:55
Here is one from the pacific. These guys are solitary and hide in crevices and caves and look a little like a whitespotted moray with the fake eye spot.

DevilDiver
07-11-2009, 12:28
Here is one from the pacific. These guys are solitary and hide in crevices and caves and look a little like a whitespotted moray with the fake eye spot.


Wow, this is a new one for me. You know I have to look up most of these Indo Pacific fish. I strarted with the small Sea Bass and could not find anything then got lucky I came across "Longfins". I have not read anything on these before.... very cool, I like the rounded tail. :smiley20:

Comet (Calloplesiops altvelis)

chinacat46
07-11-2009, 12:41
Yes the comets are real cool. I always feel lucky when I see one of these as they really try to hide from you.

chinacat46
07-11-2009, 13:08
Here is one more from the pacific. This guy has two common names.

chinacat46
07-12-2009, 08:53
Okay I'll give you hint but most of you probably know this already. It's a type of Frogfish.

DevilDiver
07-12-2009, 09:28
Here is one more from the pacific. This guy has two common names.

Good Morning, time to look at the fishes................

Clown Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus) "Warty Frogfish"

I have never found a Frogfish at any of the locations I have been.

DevilDiver
07-12-2009, 09:32
Here you go....... Common fish but can be misidentified.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2156/2741617177_eb88816536.jpg

chinacat46
07-12-2009, 10:13
I'm about 99% on this so I'll let somebody else have a chance and I'll send you a PM to verify.

Good job on the Warty Frogfish. It's strange that the juveniles are called Clown Frogfish and the adults Warty Frogfish. For a long time I thought they were two different Frogfish.