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#1 JPS

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Posted 01 November 2003 - 11:58 AM

Who is the pretty one keeping company to the coral hawkfish? The photo is from Fiji.
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Posted 01 November 2003 - 03:09 PM

It's hard to tell from the photo. My guess is some species of wrasse - Family Labridae. Maybe an Ornate Wrasse because of the dark spot.
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Posted 01 November 2003 - 04:42 PM

It's a type of damsel - can't remember common name right now.

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Posted 01 November 2003 - 06:47 PM

Thanks, James. In the new Humann book, I see several possible candidates. Narrowing the range down to Fiji, could it be one of these?

South Seas Devil
Speckled Damsel
Blueback Damsel
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Posted 02 November 2003 - 02:50 AM

Thanks for the tips. After some browsing in FishBase I believe this fellow is Ocellate damselfish, also known as Princess damsel, latin name Pomacentrus vaiuli. The image in http://www.fishbase....30&what=species matches quite nicely.

I hope TMC publishing will continue soon their book series with one about damselfishes! The drawings in Lieske&Myers are quite not enough. Oh well, now that I browse through Allen & Steene there is a half-a-page photo of the princess in page 316! :huh:
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Posted 02 November 2003 - 07:35 AM

Your fish definitely looks like the Princess Damsel on p. 316 of Allen & Steene, but the picture of an Ocellated Damsel in the new Humann book (p. 68) doesn't look like the same fish. Also, the Ocellated Damsel's range is shown to be Indonesia~Sumatra~Andaman Sea, which is much further west than Fiji.

So I think you're right about the Princess Damsel, but I'm not sure that the Princess Damsel and the Ocellated Damsel are the same, at least from the photos that I'm seeing.
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Posted 02 November 2003 - 09:37 AM

What is the latin name for Ocellated Damsel in Humann book? Perhaps the "ocellated damsel" common name refers to different species in different sources.

Upon more detailed search, FishBase seems to have both "ocellated damsel" and "ocellate damselfish" as common names for different species, http://www.fishbase....ciesname=vaiuli and http://www.fishbase....ciesname=bonang :huh:

Latin names are nice :)
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Posted 02 November 2003 - 11:33 AM

What is the latin name for Ocellated Damsel in Humann book?

Ocellated Damsel = Neoglyphidodon bonang.

And after trying to pronounce that tongue-twister, I'm going to try to get the knots out of my tongue!

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