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Despite using the interactive DVD, it seems the more I dive in the Florida Keys, the more questions I have.  In this picture, there seems to be a long dorsal spine.  I looked through all the squirrelfish on the DVD, and I am leaning to longspine squirrelfish.  But, none of those species photos look like mine.  Am I right?  How can I be sure?  If I am wrong, please point out the definitive identifying characteristics.

Sunday, February 6, 2011, Molasses Reef, buoy M1, bottom temperature 73 degrees Fahrenheit, depth 23 feet, Key Largo, Florida.

Thank You,



The difference is the white tips on the dorsal in a longspine, which it looks like you have here.  The "longspine" doesn't really refer to the length of the rear dorsal, which confused me at first with them.

Thank you

Thank you.  I noticed early on that the markedly long ventral spine had nothing to do with the name of the longjaw squirrelfish.

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