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Everything posted by BrianM

  1. Thanks for the compliment. Yes, all done with internal flash, close-up lenses and reflector, but when you shoot macro and super macro, you don't need the flash to go very far.
  2. I think they are Beaded Anemones (Phymanthus crucifer)
  3. Gerry Allen has looked at this forum topic and commented by email:- "This is an undescribed species that is similar to Discordipinna, but may in fact belong to a new genus. A group of Japanese researchers are working on the description and I would expect this to be published in the near future. It is currently known from Indonesia (Lembeh and Raja Ampats), Papua New Guinea (Milne Bay), Fiji, and the Ryukyu Island of Japan. The species is featured in our recent 3-volume work on East Indian Reef fishes (page 912, Reef Fishes of the East Indies by Allen & Erdmann 2012).The fish in the book with the dorsal "spike" is most likely the male."
  4. Yes, it's Stenopus scutellatus with eggs
  5. Lol! Look for Pompom or Boxer Crabs and you will find it.
  6. With posterior nostrils high on head above eyes, it suggests Uropterygius fasciolatus.
  7. Kaj, my images are of a pair in very close proximity, that seemed to be following each other around. There appeared to be no territorial aggression between the pair, so I assumed that they are male and female. If you look carefully at the dorsal markings you will see they are different. In my first image the dorsal and tail fins have a black margin which is not present in my second image nor Barb's images. Barb's images seem to have a black spot on the tail fin and two black spots on the second dorsal, which seems to match with my second image and the YouTube video. Bart, are you able to scan or photograph the "whiskered goby" (Discordipinna sp.) image from "Reef fishes of the East Indies" and post it here for comparison and comment?
  8. That last one is a Hidden Corallimorph Shrimp (Pilopontonia furtiva)
  9. Chromis usually have a deeply forked tail fin. Looking at Randall's images of Chromis xutha on Fishbase it's hard to see the tail except in this image which shows a distinctive fork and streamers on the tail, so I don't think Chromis xutha is a match.
  10. I'm using this book, maybe it's a 2nd edition, but it doesn't say. Alcyonohippolyte maculata was described in 2011 according to this page on WORMS
  11. Perhaps a sub adult Pacific Gregory (Stegastes fasciolatus)
  12. Looks like it's turned on it's back and you are looking at the feet. Probably a Beaded Sea Star (Astropecten articulatus)
  13. 4th one looks like a version of the soft coral shrimp Alcyonohippolyte maculata (bottom of p92 in Reef Creature Identification - Tropical Pacific by Humann & Deloach)
  14. 3rd one could be Ascidonia sp. a tiny shrimp symbiotic shrimp that lives with host tunicates.
  15. Kaj, I contacted Helen Larson by email about the photos I took at KBR in Dec 2012 and she replied:- "You have the mystery mudgoby. It does not yet have a name and I'm uncertain when it will! Dave Greenfield and I started to describe it some years ago and then learned that other people were working on it - it's a long and complex tale and the fish is still not named. I hope to meet up with some of the people involved in Okinawa and we can work out how to progress." So the best ID at the moment is the common name "Mini Mud-Goby" and there is a Youtube video of it .
  16. The first shrimp seems similar to Pliopontonia furtiva. Artur's photo that he calls Pliopontonia cf. furtiva is even closer
  17. Thanks Jim, Kaloplocamus peludo does look a good fit, certainly hairy enough too. Maybe Kaloplocamus maru as the body is browner and the description mentions the dark brown spots on the notum and gill branches. Though Richard Willan on Wetpixel questions if K. maru is the same species as K. peludo.
  18. Found in Manado Indonesia. Size estimated to be between 5mm to 10mm I think it could be Trapania sp. based on what looks like the extrarhinophoral and extrabranchial appendages.
  19. Thanks Leslie. I thought copepods usually had a pair of eggs sacs closer together and would need a point of entry on the host usually near the gill opening.
  20. Thanks Leslie. It does seem similar to Ercolania or Stiliger, but I haven't found a match yet.
  21. Another nudibranch from Manado, Indonesia. It's tiny about 10 to 15mm. The body is whitish/transparent with brown reticulate markings and stumpy white rhinophores. I'm not sure if those yellow/cream tubercles are egg sacs or digestive glands with contents its meal.
  22. Here's a couple of shots of a nudibranch from Manado, Indonesia. It's seems familiar to me, but I can't figure out what species or even genus this is. There seems to be a golden patch on the notum just in front of the cerata. Maybe that patch is a caruncle (like in Janolus) or maybe it's actually the rhinophores, because the white tentacles with black markings seem more like oral tentacles than rhinophores. Lastly, I've attached a large cropped photo of the head. Any ideas as to species?
  23. Maybe a Common Ghostgoby (Pleurosicya mossambica), the have a variation of colours but often with white dash markings along the spine, plus they like to perch on a range of soft coral.
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