Looking for help!!


I recently pulled out our hard drive and re-examined previous trip photos. I was surprised to see other fish in the shots, that I hadn't noticed. I've provided several that I have no idea as to what they might be. They are not great photos, as they were on the fringes of my subject. I would be extremely grateful, if anyone would could help me out and venture an opinion. Looking forward to moving thse to be "known" file - thanks!!

Best guesses

These are my best guesses. 

#1 picture and 3rd and 4th from bottom are probably a Blackeared Wrasse. http://www.snorkelstj.com/blackear-wrasse.html  see tail picture and the bar markings on his side.  Not a Slippery Dick or Clown Wrasse

The bottom and second from bottom are probably either a Colon or Bridled Goby. http://www.snorkelstj.com/colon-goby.html

Second from the top, probably a Goldspot Goby. http://www.snorkelstj.com/goldspot-goby.html

Third from top, juvenile Beaugregory http://www.snorkelstj.com/beaugregory.html

The other fish maybe Mimic Blenny http://www.snorkelstj.com/mimic-blenny.html


Barb - just a snorkeler

Thanks alot Barb...I concur

Thanks alot Barb...I concur with everything that you suggest. I'll be curious to see if there re any dissenting opinions? I'll be posting some more pics in the near future and would be grateful, if you would consider providing your opinion. I sometimes struggle greatly, especially with gobies, blennies and juvenile fish in general. It doesn't help, when the fish are on the periphery and not the main subject of my pic :(

Best guesses part 2

I agree with Barb on the blackeared wrasse and goldspot goby.

To add on to what Barb said about the bridled goby: photo on the bottom is almost certainly what we all used to call a bridled goby.  In the new edition of the REEF fish ID book, there are two new species that have been separated from the bridled goby: the patch-reef goby and sand canyon goby.  While their habitats and depths are dissimilar, it's impossible to tell the 3 apart from an overhead photo.  The distinguishing marks are on the sides.

The third photo is either an intermediate beaugregory or cocoa damselfish.  It's hard to tell from the photo.

Number 4 may be a mimic blenny, or perhaps a hairy blenny.  The coloration is unusual (but not unheard of) for a mimic blenny, but hairy blennies don't usually have red fins.  However, I'm not a blenny expert, so take this with a large grain of salt.

Sorry, I can't really see anything distinctive in the 5th photo.

I'm not sure what the next to the last photo is.  I disagree with Barb on this.  I don't think it's a bridled goby because of the rings on the body (not a normal feature for bridled gobies).  I would venture a guess for a bearded goby or a brownbar goby, depending on location and habitat.  I've never seen these two, so this is just a guess based on the book and DVD descriptions.


Hopefully, others will give their opinions as well.




Thx Allison...you made my day

Thx Allison...you made my day by contributing. The goby in the next to last photo was seen on a shallow reef in Cozumel. I think that might make a Brownbar or Bearded Goby doubtful. Any chance that it could be an Orangespotted? I know itis too far away to distinguish the colour of the spots, but the pattern of markings on its side, reming me of that... What do you think and thanks again.

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