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Hello afishonados! Just when I think I've seen it all...

1st image - Sea Robin sp? I have seen Bandtail Sea Robins here but could this fish be a Leopard Sea Robin?

2nd image - Banner Goby (looking for ID confirmation as this is the first one I have ever seen)

3rd image - Wrasse sp?

I did see a Striated Frogfish on the trip along with a Banded Jawfish with eggs...those images can be seen here - 

http://carlosestape.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Sand-Dwellers/G0000IO...

http://carlosestape.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Camouflage/G00007Qv2n...

 

Leopard Searobin

It appears to be a leopard Searobin.  While the spots on the dorsal fin aren't visible, it's possible to see the edge of its white underside.  I've seen leopard Searobins there before.  

Unfortunately, I'm stumped on the wrasse and goby as well.

Beautiful photos!

 

 Allison

Photos

Thanks for the compliment Allison, I appreciate it very much!

Banner Goby

Second picture is the Banner Goby, Microgobius microlepis. I've been seeing a lot lately on the bay side of Islamorada and Key Largo.

No idea what you captured in your 3rd photo. It does look like a Wrasse though.

Great pictures. I'm hoping I can get up to the Blue Heron soon.

Louis

Cryptotomus roseus

Wow, I think you Wrasse my by a Parrotfish! Looks like it could be Cryptotomus roseus.

Gotta go now. I'll write more later.

Louis

Bluelip Parrotfish

I never would have guessed that without any discernable stripes.

Still going with C. roseus

I have never heard of a yellow morph of the Bluelip Parrotfish, but I think that's what you may have. The profile just matches too well. Also, REEF FISH says spawning males get yellow around the pectoral region - maybe this guy is just a little overeager.

Also, an interesting fact about Parrots and Wrasse. Most people think of Wrasse as slender and Parrotfish as deep-bodied, but a more scientific way to distinguish the two is by their teeth. Parrotfish have many small teeth fused together into what looks like a beak while Wrasse have large canine-like teeth (think Hogfish).

So next time if you could just perform a quick dental exam...

Louis

P.S. Contacting Ben V. for a second opinion. I could be/probably am entirely wrong about this one.

Dental exam

We'll have to go to BHB together, you hold it down while I get my magnifier. 

Seriously I'd love to dive up there with you or if you feel like driving down to Islamorada...

BHB fishes

yes, banner goby...

BUT the last one is a razorfish (wrasse)- either the green X. splendens, or an unusual X. novacula (because of the red fins)-  note how the forehead is developing the sharp slope- they do have a small mouth, equipped with fangs instead of a beak. Bluelip parrotfish would have a sharp snout too, but the nose should still be a little rounded at the end- and they would have a bulkier head and a "parrotfish look". Sounds like cheating, but the clincher is the number of fin rays, lower in parrotfish- e.g. anal fin has 15 or 16 elements in razorfish vs. 12 in parrotfishes. (For the advanced fish nut- razorfishes often have the all greenish yellow morph, unheard of in parrotfishes.. AND very few of these fish species have a longer first dorsal spine, but it is characteristic of young razorfishes- so it was the first hint...)

ben

(at sign)  coralreeffish.com

Duh...

Wow, I forgot about the razorfishes!  I just knew it wasn't any of our other wrasses, so I went to the parrotfish family. Still a very exciting find - especially when Ben Victor can't identify it to the species level. Plus you probably have the only photo of a yellow Razorfish in the Atlantic.

Ben, fin ray info is good to know, but you're are making it too easy. That's not near as exciting as distinguishing via oral exam.

Louis

Yellow Razorfish

Thank you both (Louis and Ben) for your input. I take it that Ben V. is an ichthyologist? 

Will be heading to BHB again on the 17th for day and night dives, either of you interested in joining our group?

 

Carlos

carlosestape.photoshelter.com

Photo sharing

Thanks Mallory, you can see more of our images at www.carlosestape.photoshelter.com

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