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#1 Cybergoldfish

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Posted 20 November 2003 - 07:08 PM

Can't find this ugly critter in any books I have. . Stephane and I came across this on a dive in Lembeh last month. Looks as though it has been skinned alive; quite bizarre even for a snake eel!

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Posted 20 November 2003 - 07:36 PM

I think it is an Henshaw's snake eel (Brachysomophis henshawi) - BUT that eye?

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Posted 20 November 2003 - 07:43 PM

It looks like a crocodile snake eel. I saw beige ones at Lembeh, and here's a link with a red headed one:
http://species.fishi...ocodilinus.html
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#4 Cybergoldfish

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Posted 20 November 2003 - 07:54 PM

Close Marli, but as cmd says the eye is the puzzler!

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Posted 21 November 2003 - 12:27 AM

Posted Image

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Posted 21 November 2003 - 03:58 AM

Looks like it's made of wax and melted! :lol:

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Posted 21 November 2003 - 05:59 AM

I don't know Bob I looked at Marli's link and I thought the eye did look similiar. Unless I need to do a massive zoom on the eye to see what is really behind the eye if you know what I mean.
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Posted 21 November 2003 - 08:33 AM

Attached is eye-shot of Brachysomophis crocodilinus (AFAIK - corrections to ID are welcome, too!) from Hawaii. So crocodile snake eel? Interesting variation in color in different areas/specimens!
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Posted 21 November 2003 - 09:12 AM

Thanks JPS - That's the baby! Interesting to see such a big variation in coloUr. :lol:

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Posted 21 November 2003 - 11:43 AM

Are you sure its not a discarded Cat's head left over from dinner??

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Posted 21 November 2003 - 11:45 AM

Nothing would surprise me in Lembeh :lol:

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Posted 21 November 2003 - 12:03 PM

It ain't the dog that floated/bloated by the one day...and he was not dog paddling anymore.

I knew we should have taken a picture.
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Posted 21 November 2003 - 12:08 PM

You are not encouraged to spend much time at the surface there. That's for sure. Curious, though, that you'll spend all day just 10 feet below it.

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Posted 21 November 2003 - 12:21 PM

Keep it all to ourselves that way.

The crate of ear drops makes baggage limits challenging. I wonder if Eric has factored those into the equation yet. :lol:
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Posted 22 November 2003 - 11:24 AM

Hi again,
I knew I'd seen this critter, and although I love to be right with IDs, I just found a photo in Roger Steen's Coral Reefs book (p.101)...same eye, same colour, same ugly mug, and it's Brachsomophis henshawi.
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