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#1 rmcgonegal

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Posted 27 March 2004 - 03:51 AM

I took this photo near the shark cave dive site in Puerto Galera, Mindoro, Philippines about 80 feet depth. No one on the dive knew the name of this critter.

#2 Reefwreck

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Posted 27 March 2004 - 05:01 AM

Looks like a type of Searobin or Seamoth. You may want to try a search at www.fishbase.org and try to find a match.
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#3 robmcmahon

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Posted 27 March 2004 - 06:38 AM

I think that it is a Flying Gurnard I found one in Mozambique in about 2ms of water a couple of years ago just off the beach of Bazaruto

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Posted 27 March 2004 - 11:26 AM

I took this photo near the shark cave dive site in Puerto Galera, Mindoro, Philippines about 80 feet depth. No one on the dive knew the name of this critter.


Definitely a Flying Gunard, Dactyloptena orientallis, the dead give aways are the broad head, the great pectoral fins and the elogations on the end of the pectoral fins.
Sea Robins have a narrow snout and not as broad of a head.

#5 Stewart L. Sy

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Posted 30 March 2004 - 09:49 AM

Shark Cave's a bit deep, I've found these guys in 10 feet of water in front of Sabang, under the floating bar!

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