Tan Hamlet or Hybrid near Grand Cayman?



The first spine of the ventral fin appears blue.  Is the tail more yellow than a tan hamlet's?  Not sure if this is tan hamlet or hybrid hamlet.

This fish was spotted at Cobalt Coast dive site off Grand Cayman on 23 Aug 2009 around 12:27pm.  Approximate depth 35-55ft.




Hybrid hamlet

It appears you've found a hybrid hamlet. The tan hamlets do not have any distinquishing markings except that the first spine of the ventral fin is blue. Otherwise, they are just plain tan, as their name suggests. Your hamlet is probably a cross between a tan hamlet and a yellowtail hamlet.

Nice find!


Kristi Draper

Is it normal to think about diving...all the time?

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