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Member Since 05 Jul 2004
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In Topic: Red Sea trip report

10 July 2015 - 01:29 AM

Good stuff Bart. Never seen any of them except the snake blenny of which I got nice shots in Lembeh. Just back from the Red Sea myself. Took some photos of what I thought was Gnatholepis anjerensis  - which seems to be common everywhere I go - but checking when I got home made me wonder if it might just be G caudimaculata which also was only described in 2012 and about which little is known according to Fishbase. So sent photos off to Helen Larsen who described the species and she confirms they are in fact G caudimaculata. I bet they are more common than is realised because on checking my files from a couple of previous Red Sea trips, I find I have other shots of it from other locations which I had misidentified. Check yours if you have any!

Two things to look out for are the oblique bars on the rear of the eye "bumps" and a spot on the caudal peduncle (which may be indistinct)



In Topic: Red Sea trip report

06 July 2015 - 11:32 PM

Super report Bart - sounds like a really productive trip. Good progress too with your "rhino blenny" - well done.

In Topic: Red and whitespotted pygmygoby?

01 July 2015 - 01:53 AM

Looks like a Tropical Striped Triplefin  (Helcogramma striata) to me.

In Topic: Searching for a destination for my next vacation in April - May 2015

15 March 2015 - 02:22 AM

I meant to also say that I agree with Luko re Gangga Island. It ticks most of your boxes. Been there three times - top notch resort

In Topic: Searching for a destination for my next vacation in April - May 2015

14 March 2015 - 01:32 AM

Maldives is a possibility. Easy flights from Europe, lots of land based options at upscale resorts with wifi, & good snorkelling but make sure you pick a resort with an accessible house reef (some need a short boat trip). Like Tim says you will not get all of your requirements. This is the start of the rainy season but rain there tends to come in warm, heavy, quick bursts and then it is gone and red hot again. You actually may not get any at all. It doesn't affect the diving. Not sure about private guides; you may be able to arrange but I suspect at serious cost. Sorry, I don't know what SPA is!