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#1 apete

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Posted 22 July 2004 - 08:44 AM

It was photographed in the Red Sea outside Sudan.

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Posted 22 July 2004 - 09:21 AM

Some kind of Trunkfish

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Posted 22 July 2004 - 09:48 AM

With tumors on it. Ewwww.
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Posted 22 July 2004 - 01:42 PM

The "face" was extremely human-like.

I've never seen anything like it (I have seen trunk fish).

Can anyone give me a name?

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Posted 05 August 2004 - 09:57 AM

The closest I can find is the Largenose boxfish, which is uncommon, and found off East Africa. Rhynchostacion rhynorhynchus. Still appears to have growths, though.

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Posted 09 August 2004 - 03:30 AM

http://www.fishbase....ary.cfm?id=8288

Even without "growths" it's not a perfect match.

I posted some more ptictures of the same fish at:

http://homepage.mac....otoAlbum56.html

If it has "growths" what would they be?

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Posted 09 August 2004 - 08:11 AM

Hi -- I checked with our fish people who said it's a bluetail trunkfish, Ostracion cyanurus. the end of the tail should have a white posterior edge but that's not visible in the photos and the pink "growths" are apparently normal for this fish.
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Posted 09 August 2004 - 08:49 AM

Thanks,

I would never have made that match with the pictures at FishBase. ;-)

http://homepage.mac....otoAlbum56.html
http://www.fishbase....ry.cfm?id=12743

I assume the individual I photographed would be unsexed with unusually large growths. FishBase states that the maximum size of Ostracion Cyanurus is 15cm. I really think the fish in my pictures is significantly larger than that (dare I say 30cm).

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Posted 09 August 2004 - 11:18 AM

I would never have made that match with the pictures at FishBase



You know what? Neither would I. Jeff (fish guy) felt O. cyanurus was the closest match in Randall's Reef Fishes of the Red Sea and that blue individual on Fishbase does have a pink growth below the lip. On the other hand, taxonomists have been known to be wrong and new or rare species are constantly popping up, especially in areas like the Red Sea. Guess you'll just have to go back & catch the darn thing so we can be sure what it is!
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Posted 16 August 2004 - 07:49 AM

<quote>

Hi,
What you have is a male Ostracion cubicus, see Randall's
'Coastal Fishes of Oman', page 399.

We would appreciate if we could show one of your photos in
FishBase. Ms Aque Atanacio will contact you for details.
Greetings
Rainer

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Posted 18 August 2004 - 01:16 AM

I guess it's final now...

<quote>
I have actually sent your fish photo to Dr Randall for confirmation on the
id and he agrees with the name, but he commented it has a strange color
pattern. I have consulted him on the unusual growth on the head and when I
hear from him again, I will let you know his answer.

Thanks for allowing us to use one (or two?) of your pictures.

Greetings from FishBase,
Aque
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I would think the 'grows' are natural and probably the
result of sexual selection (females prefer males who have
them).

Greetings
Rainer
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