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Who are these guys?

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by tarponchik, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

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    1. Mantis or False Mantis?
    2. 3 feet away from this shrimp there was a "tapir" looking out from his hole. The only fish with a face like this in my old Humann & Deloach book is Blackspotted Eel, but it has not been reported in Florida.

    Just south of Blue Heron Bridge. P6270630-1.jpg P6270627-1.jpg
     
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  2. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    1. is a Mantis shrimp, no idea which species though
    2. is an eel
     
  3. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

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    Pretty much what I figured out but I'd like a more detailed answer.
     
  4. archman

    archman Marine Scientist

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    The shrimp-thing appears to be a lysiosquillid. There are a 2-3-ish species found in coastal Florida waters. Squilla empusa is the most common species and the most likely candidate, but the specimen in the picture seems like a much larger-sized animal (like Lysiosquilla scabricauda). If you felt sort of scared getting this close to take a picture I would go with the latter, ha ha. Any of the lysiosquillids can spear through a finger clean into the bone, but the big one would actually scare the crap out of me to get too close to. Ha ha.
     
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  5. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

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    Thanks! I'll be careful the next time.
     
  6. divinh

    divinh Photographer

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    I have photos of the first one, but taken in Thailand, around Koh Ha. It's a mantas shrimp, just not a Peacock one.
     
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  7. trygon

    trygon Solo Diver

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    The eel is a Snake Eel, Ophichthidae, it might be a dark Golden Spotted. Sometimes they're called Sharp Tailed Eels, you may want to search that also.
     
  8. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

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    I know the Sharptail Eels. They do not dig into the sand but crowl around the reefs. If you meant Spotted Snake Eel, Ophichthus ophis, it should have "dark spots on head and body" as distinctive feature. Though colors can vary, of course.
     
  9. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    That's an entirely different animal.
     
  10. arcticat99

    arcticat99 Barracuda

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