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My wife asked me to take these pictures. She says we see these small fish all the time in Key Largo. She thinks they are gobies. I don't have a clue.

Grecian Rocks, buoy 3, Key Largo, Florida, June 7, 8 feet of water, 85 degrees.

Would someone tell us what they are, and why we could not find them in "Reef Fish."

Thank You,

Wrasse not Blennies

The top pictures are juvenille Bluehead Wrasse. Looks like there is a couple juvenille princess parrots, and juvenille stoplight parrot and a clown wrasse in the top pictures also.

The bottom picture is a clown wrasse.

Wrasse not Gobies

Sorry I meant gobies not blennies in orgininal post.

Wrasses and more wrasses and parrotfish

For the top picture, the initial phase bluehead wrasse can be found in Humann/Deloach (3rd ed), pp. 220-221; the two initial phase princess (or possibly striped---I can't see their tail margins or noses well enough to say) parrot fish are on pp. 200-201. The juvenile stoplight parrot is on p. 199.

The bottom picture is an initial/juvenile clown wrasse, see Humann/Deloach (3rd ed), p. 224, bottom picture. In particular, note the red lines across the head--very distinctive, and nothing else around much like that.

These are great fish to be looking out for as you're learning to identify fish. There are usually lots of them around, you're likely to see them elsewhere in the Caribbean and the Bahamas as well, and they do have some color variation as they get older. Different species do tend to mix it up (as in your top shot), so it helps to focus in on individuals when you see a school of them swimming about.

Superb response

My wife and I went over your comments page-by-page in "Reef Fish." This is true education, real learning, and we are deeply grateful for your help.

So many fish look so similar. We are interested, enthusiatic, and, thanks to you, we are learning.


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