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Name that goby

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by doctormike, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    Well, that was fun!

    Do you have anymore? Let's do another one. :)

    I just love this stuff, can you tell?
     
  2. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Why, now that you mention it, I DO have one more in the "?" file from my last trip...

    This guy was also in the Dry Tortugas, but a bit more shallow (30 feet).

    goby2.jpg

    Markings vaguely similar to a saddled blenny on the back half, and might be a regional variant or intermediate form of something... but what do you think? The front and back differences threw me on this one..

    Mike
     
  3. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    Scratching head with finger. Hmm no eyebrows, goby behaviour, blennie beard, saddled blennie coloring in the back, um um um . . .

    Deborah . . . where are yoooouuuu?
     
  4. deborahdelamar

    deborahdelamar Loggerhead Turtle

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    Sorry. I had a day plus trouble getting the sketches. Here they are and I hope they don't upload too small to be of value.

    Glass Goby
    Glass Goby.jpg
    Masked Goby:
    masked goby.jpg

    Re #2: Great blenny. Don't know it. First dorsal segment looks pretty tall -- a distinguishing characteristic for the ID.
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2013
  5. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Wow, we stumped the expert! Must be a new species...

    :)
     
  6. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

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    Well..it is not a barracuda.

    I would go with a variation of the Saddled Blenny. Humman & DeLoach have shots of the west palm beach variant that is as close as anything else I have found. The dark bar behind the eye in your photo is very distinctive. It does not match the H & D shot, but is much closer than anything else.

    It seems to be a bit of a fronkenstein with the front half not matching the back half. I even flipped through the juvenile parottfish / wrasses and got nada.

    So it must be a barracuda.
     
  7. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    Giffenk, you're weirding me out dude. That's the same process I went through came yo similar conclusion on the West Palm picture but then . . . Yah know . . .

    It just doesn't quite work. The saddle markings minor mirror themselves on the underside. That doesn't match the picture or the write-up. The eyes though, the eyes work.

    Darn it . . .I'm not sure this is still fun. :D

    not a cuda, not a cuda, not a . . .?

    ---------- Post added May 1st, 2013 at 06:11 AM ----------

    OK we might be getting somewhere. Maybe this time you really have found a new goby/blennie. Apparently, it does happen. Check this out:

    ocean.si.edu/ocean-news/scientists-discover-seven-new-species-fish

    Of course, it doesn't appear that any of the seven are your little guy. But even so, maybe he's number 8! :)
     
  8. LouisJ

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    That's not the first dorsal, those are the pectoral rays showing through. Def a Malacoctenus blenny. I would bet M. triangulatus.

    Check out this one from Key West: thumbs6. It's about halfway down the page and looks similar to yours.
     
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  9. deborahdelamar

    deborahdelamar Loggerhead Turtle

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    Thanks to LouisJ, I took another looksee. Here's a photo by Kris Wilk. Taken in the Dry Tortugas. Of a Saddled Blenny...
    Saddled Blenny Dry Tortugas Kris Wilk.jpg
     
  10. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Thanks, Deborah...! That sure looks like my little guy.... of course, Kris and I might both be wrong, but that was my first guess too..

    :)

    Here's the latest version of my fish database
     

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