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Fish ID needed

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by Sirto, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. Sirto

    Sirto Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Anderson, SC
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  2. Steve_C

    Steve_C Contributor Rest in Peace

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    Member of bass family. The orange on the belly rules out the Harlequin. I would guess a Lantern Bass. Tail being bent makes it hard to be perfectly sure.
     
  3. koozemani

    koozemani Contributor

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    Location: Tucson, AZ
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    Lantern bass. Serranus baldwini
     
  4. Sirto

    Sirto Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Anderson, SC
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    4
    Thanks, definitely lantern bass.
     
  5. Oldbear

    Oldbear Teaching Neutral Diving

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Marshall Islands and Westminster, Co
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    The book Reef Fish Indentification - Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas by Paul Humann & Ned Deloach is an excellent resource.

    LANTERN BASS
    Serranus baldwini

    Size: 1 1/2 - 2 in. Max 2 1/2 in.
    Depth: 2 - 240 ft.

    Distinctive Features: 1. Obvious row of dark, rectangle blotches on lower side. 2. Band of four black spots on base of tail (not visible in OP's photo).

    Decsription: Body marked with rows of dark to orange rectangle blotches and spots over white. Inhabitants of deeper water are suffused with more red to orange or yellow than those from shallow water, which tend to be paler.
     
  6. Steve_C

    Steve_C Contributor Rest in Peace

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    But if you ever venture at all northward do not get the lighter travel edition. I have found several species we see in NC that are in the big book but not the smaller.
     
  7. Oldbear

    Oldbear Teaching Neutral Diving

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Marshall Islands and Westminster, Co
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    Steve...I bought the three book set and it came with a digital Fish ID. Have you ever tried that? I seem to have had good luck with it. I, however, still prefer the referrence book; I guess I am just old fashion :)
     

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