Reef Croaker and Ringed Blenny -Maybe

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Hi Louis,

Here's one more little fish. Surge area, sitting under a rock overhang in about 2-3 feet of water.  Could it be a Ringed Blenny? I know the picture is bad. I didn't know I had him in the shot until I got home.

And here are a few more "Croaker?" Pictures. Looking closer at these, the brassy horizontal dashy lines on the fish's side, do make it look like the picture of the Reef Croaker.

 

Just a snorkeler...

Islandbarb

Hmm...

Hmm... It would be very unusual to find a Starksia sp. in such shallow water. I don't think the bars usually continue onto the head of most Starksia blennies either. My best guess now is a Lythrypnus goby.

Yes, those are definitely Reef Croaker. Looks like you've found a great place for them!

Louis

Does it have a common name?

Does Lythrypnus goby have a common name?

Just a snorkeler, islandbarb

Lythrypnus Goby Genus

No, Lythrypnus is a goby genus - it's a whole group of gobies. Honestly, even if you had a perfectly clear photo I don't think we could positively I.D. because I don't think your fish has been photographed before.

Do you see these fish often?

Louis

Rusty Goby

Hard to tell for sure from your photo, but I think it is a Rusty Goby.  They can be in water as shallow as 2 feet, like hanging out in crevices, and can be found in the Floirda Keys.

Rusty Goby

  I've seen the Rusty Goby a couple times and have a picture. I can't figure out how to load a picture in this reply.  I always see them on the ceilings. His head looks a lot wider and taller (heavier) than the mystery fish's.  But it may just be the angels of the pictures. The stipes match. Yes, too bad the picture's not better.  Just a snorkeler, islandbarb

I think it is a rusty goby

I think it is a rusty goby (Priolepis) -perched like a goby.. and large, stocky, and big-headed (and out in the open)--less likely but possible for a Lythrypnus goby if it was less than an inch long, not a Starksia blenny, which additionally have a pointy face, sit in an S position, and don't like to be out in the open, especially in shallow water (only one species in shallow in most places).

 

Yes the others are reef croakers- very common in the continental Southern Caribbean.. maybe they like murkier waters.

ben

Murky-Yes

That could be about the Croakers. The only place I've seen them is in one of the murkier bays.

Thanks for all you guy's help.

Just a snorkeler, islandbarb

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