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#362809 Red and whitespotted pygmygoby?

Posted by JimG on 01 July 2015 - 01:53 AM

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

#357802 Ghost Pipefish

Posted by JimG on 13 February 2015 - 07:56 AM

Having some trouble pinning these down due to lack of expert information. Hope somebody can help


No. 1 looks superficially like a Robust, Solenostomus cyanopterus but the caudal peduncle is far too long. Could it be S.armatus?


2,3 & 4 I have them down provisionally as S. leptosoma, Delicate Ghostpipefish


5 Maybe a Roughsnout given all the hairy projections


1 & 5 taken in Ambon, the others in Lembeh

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#354125 Triplefins X 2

Posted by JimG on 07 November 2014 - 08:28 AM

Taken in Ambon, Moluccas. They were just feet apart so possibly male and female as they have a few similarities e.g. pectoral fins.

Pretty sure they fall into the genus Enneapterygius  which is pretty poorly covered on Fishbase. Grubbing around on Google and a small, not too clear pic in the Tropical Pacific fish book, leads me towards Enneapterygius mirabalis - Miracle Triplefin. However, the sources on Google are not ones well known to me.

Can anybody help please?

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#342478 Whale Shark Slaughter

Posted by JimG on 28 January 2014 - 01:03 AM

Truly shocking - http://www.scmp.com/...ures-show-scale

#340876 Your Favourite/Best Image of 2013

Posted by JimG on 19 December 2013 - 10:54 AM

Great stuff on here. In some trepidation I'll add a couple of my own - a wide angle of bumphead parrotfish and a macro of a prickly leatherjacket. Never seen the latter before and I think he is pretty photogenic.

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#339985 Dahab Triangle Body

Posted by JimG on 27 November 2013 - 12:46 AM

Agree. This one looks like Eurypegasus draconis. Common name per Fishbase - Short Dragonfish. I think it is the only sea moth found in the Red Sea



#328171 Juvenile fish from Bali

Posted by JimG on 19 March 2013 - 04:08 AM


I think this is an Oxycheilinus of some sort, maybe O. orientalis, the Oriental Maori Wrasse. I sent a photo similar yours with the green spots to Fishbase a couple of years ago, suggesting it might be a juvenile O. orientalis. They got Dr Randall to look at it. He said he had no records of wrasse like this. I have seen similar ones since so would also be interested to hear from anybody who has any ideas.


Just been doing a bit more research and notice a photo on Fishbase of Oxycheilinus unifasciatus - http://www.fishbase....pecies&TotRec=7. This has the green spots which may help.

#321847 Getting inside a DS50

Posted by JimG on 02 December 2012 - 09:26 AM

If it is like the old Substrobe - and it is the same outer casing - pull out the ready-light lens on the rear with a pair of pincers. It is a conical shaped thing that is a tight fit down a hole and sits on an 0-ring. Use compressed air to then blow out the lens - it doesn't need much and I used a car tyre pump.

#314151 How do I get more Dynamic Blues

Posted by JimG on 07 August 2012 - 12:20 AM

Well I thought at first I must have activated the links and was looking at your favourite photos! Nowt wrong with them - i'd be very pleased.