Two Key Largo IDs

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I feel comfortable the top photo is a porgy.  Is it a saucereye porgy?  How can I tell?

The bottom photo reminds me of a harlequin bass, but it doesn't look like any in the interactive DVD.  What is it?  What are the distinguishing characteristics?

Molasses Reef, buoy M-14, December 30, 2011, depth 20 feet, bottom temperature 75 degrees Fahrenheit.  The porgy was about seven-inches long; the bottom-photo fish about half that size.

Thank You,

Marty

Knobbed Porgy

Porgies are tough, but I think the top photos is a knobbed porgy.  It is also similar to saucereye porgy, but the anal fin is more pointed like the one on the knobbed porgy.

Thank You

I considered the knobbed porgy, but I had heard of a saucereye porgy and I had not heard of a knobbed porgy, so I went with what I thought the more common one, in my area, was.  You are a great help, and I am deeply grateful.

Happy New Year,

Marty

Puddingwife

Not sure about the Porgy, but the bottom fish is actually a wrasse! A juvenile Puddingwife. Look for the white bars along the back.

And yes I'm in the keys. I moved down to Islamorada! I'm starting school soon, but we should schedule a dive sometime.

Thank you ... again.  I

Thank you ... again.  I should have known puddingwife.  I don't want to give out contact information on line, but I am listed in the phone book, Martin Dick.  Call me, and when it warms up, we can dive together.  Think of Key Largo dive sites that would interest you.

Happy New Year,

Marty

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