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Benny ID assistance from SE Florida

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by OceanEyes, Apr 4, 2021.

  1. OceanEyes

    OceanEyes ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
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    I could use some help identifying this colorful critter that I came across on consecutive dives last Wednesday and Thursday at the Blue Heron Bridge, Lake Worth Lagoon, Rivera Beach, Florida.

    Upon initially spotting this fish on Wednesday, I thought that I’d found a Molly Miller, Scartella cristata, but when I looked at the images on screen, it did not appear to have a fringe of cirri on top of its head, and the coloration seemed too brilliant.

    It could be a Barred Blenny, Hypleurochilus bermudensis, but as it didn’t leave its burrow while I was looking, I couldn’t tell wether it had the dark bars along its body from which it earns its common name.

    Any suggestions or guidance as to what this may be?

    Many thanks all.

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  2. T.C.

    T.C. Photographer

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    Seaweed Blenny. The cirri pattern is pretty distinctive (bunched with many branches) and they're very common in Florida. You've probably seen them before, but they have such a wide variety of patterns.
     
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  3. OceanEyes

    OceanEyes ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Sincere thanks to you @T.C. I’ve photographed literally hundreds of Seaweed Blennies, Parablennius marmoreus, over the past 30 years of living and diving here in south Florida. I cannot recall seeing a specimen with such distinctive orange spots, and was nurturing the hope that I’d come across something a bit less common. Unless I learn otherwise, I agree with your assessment, and will add the information to my file’s metadata. As Maxwell Smart often stated: “Missed it by that much.”
     

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