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Mystery fish from Costa Rica

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by Tjack, May 27, 2009.

  1. Rick Murchison

    Rick Murchison Trusty Shellback Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I don't know what it is... but if those are the prominent barbels I think they are, it isn't a wrasse :)
    Rick
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    Belay my last... they're pectorals after all... I believe we have Malacoctenus margaritae... the Margarita Blenny!
    - or - the Glossy Blenny Malacoctenus zonifer...
    I'm leaning towards margaritae based on the pectorals and the snout, but the eyes seem to point more towards zonifer.
    Perhaps with that one photo I'd better settle for "Malacoctenus sp."
    :D
    Rick
     
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2009
  2. Tjack

    Tjack Solo Diver

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    In support of the Blenny id there were more blennies around Cano than I have ever seen anywhere. The long pectorals could splay out to look like whiskers I suppose?
     
  3. HerraduraDivers

    HerraduraDivers Dive Resort

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    Tjack,
    I am glad that you like the book.

    Kelp Sculpin? Hmmmmm
    Fishbase says: Distribution: North Pacific: Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
    Quite far away from Cano Island and some diferences in water temp.

    Could it be that you had the photo from a previous dive trip to Alaska on the memory card? :)
    Another strange thing i noticed is the green "plant", it remember me to a plastic aquarium plant,
    and i never saw something like that here while diving.
    In the mediterrean sea are some kind of underwater plants and they look similar, but here?
    Can you remeber where this "Plant" went or what it was?

    Here some beautiful pictures from sculpins: Sculpin Species Index

    And another Book to read: Pacific Coast Fishes: A Field Guide to Pacific Coast ... - Google Buchsuche

    Have fun reading it.

    Chris
     
  4. Tjack

    Tjack Solo Diver

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    This was definitely at Cano Island, there was an amazing variety of Algies and Blennies out there.
     
  5. Kill4Gills

    Kill4Gills Garibaldi

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    I would have guessed some variety of sea robin, the "legs" are a pretty good giveaway.
     
  6. Rick Murchison

    Rick Murchison Trusty Shellback Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It's a Malacoctenus sp... promise :)
    See plates on pages 188 - 191 of Humann's Baja to Panama Reef Fish.
    Rick
     
  7. Tjack

    Tjack Solo Diver

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    Those are barbels, the pectorals are visible behind the barbels. Stumped?
     
  8. wazungu

    wazungu Angel Fish

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    Not barbels, those are pelvic fins. yes, Malacoctenus, believe Rick.

    ben
    coralreeffish.com
     
  9. txteachers

    txteachers Angel Fish

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  10. donnyb

    donnyb Solo Diver

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    It has been ID'd. Rick is correct.
     

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