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In Topic: Milne Bay Rhinopia/Scorpionfish?

23 March 2016 - 05:21 PM

In Reef Fishes of the East Indies the only scorpionfish with bright white patches and the prominent tentacles above the eye is the raggy scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis venosa). The description indicates that "tentacle above eye often present and up to twice orbit diameter in length". That suggests the tentacles can be absent and many imaged labeled as S. venosa indeed lack the tentacles.  Fishbase describes the appearance as "Adults are best recognized by the tiny light-blue ocelli scattered over the body, and dark triangle below the eye. Small juveniles have three distinctive white spots along the back". Finally, I think there is a very good match with the image below, which was also IDed as S. venosa.




Too bad you didn't get a better image because this colour form seems to be rare, or just rarely photographed.




Thanks! From what I remember seeing with my eyes, and comparing it to my photos, I think the raggy scorpionfish in that stock photo looks to be the most likely culprit.


Sadly I'd been shooting supermacro on that dive, and only saw this critter at the end of the dive just as the current started ripping over the top of the reef and I was totally unprepared. Didn't have time to mess around with lenses :(


This is the only other shot I got of it, not really much better than the others to be honest. Not sure if it will help any further.



In Topic: Milne Bay Rhinopia/Scorpionfish?

21 March 2016 - 02:03 PM

Thanks for the suggestions :)


Here is the same critter from another angle...I know they're not good photos, I had the wrong lens on to capture it at the time. Just curious as to what it is.



In Topic: Best option to backup and view RAW pictures while travelling?

16 January 2016 - 06:47 PM

I have an 11" Macbook Air that I own solely for travelling with on holidays. Weighs next to nothing, and lets me do whatever photo and video editing I want, as well as acting as an approriate backup system, and means of communication. Not within your budget though by the sounds of it, but it is my perfect holiday travel system.

In Topic: Scratch on macro lens

16 January 2016 - 01:41 AM

*sigh* Yes, it's glass.

Will take it out for a test run and see what shows up on the images and whether or not it can be dealt with in Photoshop before forking out for a new one.

Thanks anyway :)

In Topic: Fish ID from Raja Ampat

13 January 2016 - 08:09 PM

I have finally returned home - with internet!


Thanks for the help. We thought that this may be the case as a variation on the theme, but it left us scratching our heads for a few days.