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#1 JPS

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 09:31 AM

This one is from Tulamben, Bali. I suspect that this little fellow has made his own hole into the whatever-brown-it-is-living-material. My best guess so far is some fangblenny, but it does not seem to match into any in Allen&Steene or Lieske&Myers. Any help?
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#2 scubamarli

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 10:02 AM

Looks like a cleaner mimic, albeit a little yellower than usual. I've found the colours in Lieske and Myers a bit paler than in reality sometimes. I saw cleaner mimics both in Bali and Alor, usually poking out of sponges or discarded bottles.
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#3 Cybergoldfish

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 10:05 AM

Deffinately a Blenny - "Banana-split Blenny" :lol:

#4 JPS

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 11:50 AM

Thanks Marli! Indeed, some of them seem to be more yellow than others, e.g. http://www.fishbase....66&what=species.

Bob, just to make sure: is "banana-split" good nickname for this guy or is there a whole species of banana guys? You never know with common names... :lol:
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Posted 14 December 2003 - 06:10 PM

I'm not completely sure, but it may be the same blenny as this guy:

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..which I've tentatively ID-ed as a Black-banded blenny (Melacanthus grammites). This one was shot at Komodo. From the angle on JPS's photo, I can't tell if his fish has the second lower black stripe or not.

(And yes, that's the same fish as my "avatar" image up in the corner.)

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Posted 15 December 2003 - 04:30 PM

I just returned from Fiji (Viti Levu - Vatu-I-Ra Channel). I haven't finished editing my images yet, but one of them looks very much like JPS's post:

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#7 JPS

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Posted 20 December 2003 - 03:07 AM

Attached is the only other image I have of the little fellow. No macro lens at that time, so detail is limited.
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Posted 14 January 2004 - 12:47 PM

Frogfish,

Your blenny is more like this one here. I bet it's the same genus as well.

http://www.amonline....fish/plupus.htm

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