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Please help, what are these?

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by Zacmc212, Sep 13, 2005.

  1. gangrel441

    gangrel441 Divemaster Candidate

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    But they sure can be pretty....

    I guess the Yellowbar and Arabian are not quite as similar looking as I recalled them to be...
     
  2. Zacmc212

    Zacmc212 Guest

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    Wow, thanks alot.

    Does anyone know a website i can use to identify my coral pictures. They arnt nearly as good as the fish ones, if anyone on here knows much about coral i can post them.
     
  3. Rick Murchison

    Rick Murchison Trusty Shellback Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The confusing Blue/Queen angel is called a Townsend hybrid. It's a cross between a Blue and a Queen, hence the confusion.
    Rick
     
  4. H2Andy

    H2Andy Blue Whale

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    ok, i've had a chance to look at my i.d. book now, and Rick, you may be right

    it's really tough to tell what the angel in the picture is, but the colors look a bit
    more vibrant than a Blue, and the tail look more rounded than a Blue, so i think
    you might be right
     
  5. archman

    archman Marine Scientist

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    That Townsend's hybrid is fairly common in South Florida, but usually rarer most other places. The general rule of thumb in telling them apart from the blue angel is, if you're unsure... and in south Florida, call it a Townsend's. The hybrid has many different color and shade variants, they're like a box of chocolates.

    Dang Forrest Gump analogies...
     
  6. Zacmc212

    Zacmc212 Guest

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    Ihave identified my last coral as "rose coral", but i cannot find any information about it. Is this just a nickname? does anyone know anything about this coral?

    I think this is what is in my pic, mine just looks alittle more "dead"

    http://www.esandrose.com/page4.html (4th one down on the left)
     
  7. Rick Murchison

    Rick Murchison Trusty Shellback Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Of course I'm right :)
    Below is a Blue...
    Rick
     
  8. Zacmc212

    Zacmc212 Guest

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    Nvm on the rose coral i found some information.

    Thanks alot for everyones help.
     
  9. archman

    archman Marine Scientist

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    From that pic, I would be much more inclined to tag that specimen as Maze Coral rather than Rose Coral. Rose doesn't typically get that big, and that colony shape (round) is pretty uncommon for them. Rose corals are usually elongate with a central valley.

    I don't know any fun facts particular to Maze Coral, sorry.
     
  10. PavoDive

    PavoDive Instructor, Scuba

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    1. Longspine squirrelfish (Note white tips on foredorsal fin spines. Squirrelfish don't have white tips but a yellowish foredorsal fin)
    2. Spotted drum
    3. ??? Not native to the caribbean, IMHO
    4. Blue Angelfish (Note the yellow border on tail. Queen angelfishes don't have it, but a blue ring crown)
    5. Whitespotted filefish (Note the extended belly appendage. The photo isn't clear enough to see the orange spines at the base of the tail, though)
    6. Tomtates?? Not sure, but the yellow stripe makes them look like. Their dark back confuses me a little

    I just double checked with the "reef fish in a pocket", by Humann and Deloach.

    Check http://www.fishbase.org/search.php?lang=English I thing you'll be able to search by the common names above and get a lot of information.

    G.P.
     

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