Mystery Cardinalfish under Benwood Wreck, Florida Keys


While down at REEF Fest diving, I found several of these hiding under the Benwood Wreck in the dark.

What struck me as unusual was their size (about 4"), along with the bright yellow iris, and plain coloration. No markings on the eyes or body.

Any clues? There aren't many cardinalfish that are that size.

Cardinalfish can vary a  lot

Cardinalfish can vary a  lot in coloration and eye color.

Barred without the bars?  Some don't have bars.

Dwarf? Color close.



Unusual not to have any distinctive markings. If you held a gun to my head I would go with a Mimic cardinalfish based primarily on size. 



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