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#1 JKrumsick

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 11:30 AM

Hey Everyone -
I need some help with these Blennies. I have some ideas about what they are but need some corroboration.

Thanks in advance!

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No idea... :-)

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Diamond Blennie? Not a good ID photo I know...

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Lofty or Roughhead Triplefin?

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Same question, Lofty or Roughhead Triplefin?

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Pirate Blenny? He has long cirri but his foredorsal fin is down.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:47 AM

where were these photos taken

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 11:04 AM

First looks like Orangesided Goby (Gobiosoma dilepsis) if photo was taken in Caribbean, but the image is not clear enough for any certain ID.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 11:20 AM

Thanks Karen, I am having to do ID's for a friend of a friend and these photos were taken over a period of 30 years in various locations. In fact, the diver who took these photos is friends with Paul Humann and it is a wonder he doesn't have him do the ID'ing!

Anyway, the photos are limited to the Caribbean and done mostly in the Cayman Islands.

Thanks again for the help!

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:11 PM

#1 Emblemariopsis sp. (can't ID these guys to species without careful morphological examination)
#2 Malacoctenus boehlkei (Diamond Blenny)
#3 Malacoctenus triangulatus (Saddled Blenny)
#4 Enneanectes boehlkei (Roughhead Triplefin)
#5 Emblemaria pandionis (Sailfin Blenny)

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 06:43 AM

Thanks for the replies.

Rocha, I don't want to call your conclusions into question but I have to do a lot of due diligence with ID'ing (its for a book).

Are you sure you think #3 is a Saddled Blenny? I thought it was at first as well until I found what looks like a retracted foredorsal fin on its head. This is why I thought it was a triplefin.

I have re-posted in Flickr with a closeup of the same photo and am re-posting it.

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And are you sure #2 is a Diamond Blenny?

Is this a Diamond Blenny even though it doesn't have the fore-fin?

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Lastly, I have a couple more I am having difficulty with ID'ing. Thanks so much for the help.

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Some kind of bi-color Pike Blenny

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Maybe a roughhead. Those red eyes are kind of scary.

Cheers!

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 07:37 AM

I am 100% sure about the first 2 (Malacoctenus triangulatus and Malacoctenus boehlkei). The third is probably Chaenopsis limbaughi (Yellowface pikeblenny) but I can't be sure without seeing the whole fish. The last is Opistognathus macrognathus (Banded Jawfish).

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 06:13 AM

I am 100% sure about the first 2 (Malacoctenus triangulatus and Malacoctenus boehlkei). The third is probably Chaenopsis limbaughi (Yellowface pikeblenny) but I can't be sure without seeing the whole fish. The last is Opistognathus macrognathus (Banded Jawfish).


I agree with Luiz on all of them except the third one, which looks more like a wrasse blenny (Hemiemblemaria simula )

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 07:58 AM

I agree with Luiz on all of them except the third one, which looks more like a wrasse blenny (Hemiemblemaria simula )

Les


You are absolutely correct! I haven't been in the Caribbean so long, starting to forget some species...

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 12:02 PM

Luis, Les and Karen -
Thank you so much for the help. I am currently working on a friend's book and it is really tough doing this for the first time. Your help has made me much more confident in the work that I am doing!

All the very best,
Jeremy