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#1 acroporas

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Posted 25 August 2004 - 03:14 PM

I fond a couple critters in Bonaire that I dont know what are.

First, the mystery white morey @ 20ft.

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Blenny in sponge @ 120ft

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Goby??
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Anemone??
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Crab living in very close proximity to anemone @ 130ft
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Hermit crab @ 30ft @ night - These dudes are the strangest things ever. Instead of the normal hermit crab responce to dive in it's shell when approched these guys take off running, and fast. More than 1 inch per second. And when you pick them up if you dont hold on tight they will quickly escape your grasp and swim away, yep thats right they swim as they fall toward the ground.

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#2 scubamarli

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Posted 26 August 2004 - 07:48 AM

Hi there,
Weird critters are what keep diving so much fun. I think the moray is a very pale Purplemouth moray. You don't say how big it was, so if it was a juvenile, this might make sense. The golden eyes are a clue.
The anemone is a club-tipped anemone: Telmatactis americana.
The crab looks more like a decorator than a hermit, but no clue. The hermit looks again like a juvenile; the purple legs are unusual, though.
The blenny in the sponge is tough because of the lighting.
The juvenile is one I'm trying to figure out too...just saw several in Belize.
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#3 scubamarli

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Posted 26 August 2004 - 07:51 AM

Oops, forgot to say that the juvenile could be a triplefin.
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#4 acroporas

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Posted 26 August 2004 - 10:15 AM

The morey was smallish - about 4 cm diameter. Although all i could see was his head, I would guess he was 2 ft long baised on his diameter.
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#5 acroporas

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Posted 27 August 2004 - 06:07 PM

No one else has any ideas?
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#6 Leslie

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Posted 27 August 2004 - 07:00 PM

I don't think the hermit is a juvenile. Steve Dunbar, a hermit crab specialist, told me that true juveniles lack eye stalks. The overall pigmentation pattern is like that of the red-lined hermit (Phimochirus holthuisi) but the specific colors are different: purplish-blue instead of red stripes and the eyes are reddish instead of blue. I wonder if it's a color variant? Maybe the Caribbean or Gulf folks would know. Your anemone crab might be undescribed. Hard bottom substrates from 130 feet aren't sampled very often by biologists... if they are, it's usually by accident!
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