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#1 TisTam

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 02:25 AM

I saw this small reddish-purple burrfish (approx 5-6 inches long) diving a shallow sheltered site at St Vincent with Bill Tewes who ID'd it as a Bridal (not Bridled) Burrfish. He said it's very rare, which may be why I can't find anything about it on the net. I particularly would like a latin/scientific name if anyone can help. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a full-fish photo as I was diving with 100mm macro and extension tube that day but hopefully a portrait is enough. I know several members have dived with Bill, so maybe you've also seen one?

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#2 jlyle

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 05:43 AM

Bridled burrfish (Chilomycterus antennatus)

IMHO, "Bridal?" Someone is pulling your leg.

Edited by jlyle, 07 June 2011 - 05:44 AM.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 12:08 AM

Does the Bridled Burrfish come in this different colour (and size) variation? I've been diving in the Caribbean for many years and never seen a fish like this, although I've seen many Bridled Burrfish that match the description in the Humann/Deloach book, which describes it as 6-10 in, olive to yellow-brown with dark patches. This one was definitely no more than 6 in at the most, and quite a bright red-purple in colour, and also didn't have the larger dark patches, just all-over small spots. Could it be an intermediate-phase juvenile? Or is it a different species?

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 05:55 AM

Possibly an intermediate phase - note the black spots are still ocellated.
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