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Dragonet from Lembeh

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It's about 4cm to 5cm long and was found in shallow 3 metres depth.

 

To me it looks similar to a Long Filament Dragonet (Callionymus keeleyi), except it doesn't have a long filamentous dorsal.

 

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Gee Brian,

 

Nearly 'non-existent' DOF. . . . how many Inon's have you screwed on for this image?

Nice image of a well camoflagued fish.

 

Bruce

Edited by bruceterrill

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Gee Brian,

 

Nearly 'non-existent' DOF. . . . how many Inon's have you screwed on for this image?

Nice image of a well camoflagued fish.

 

Bruce

 

Thanks Bruce. It was so well camouflaged I wouldn't have seen it if it had stayed still. Just the two lenses but a lot of zoom.

I thought you were going to ID it for me. :-)

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Might be a marbled dragonet, Synchiropus ocellatus.

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Might be a marbled dragonet, Synchiropus ocellatus.

 

I don't think so when I compare it with images here http://www.fishbase.org/Photos/ThumbnailsSummary.php?ID=7981

Also I'm not sure the range extends as far as Lembeh, Sulawesi.

However all suggestions are welcome, thank you for looking.

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Yeah, it's hard for my uneducated eye to tell from photos. According to Kuiter/Debelius, Synchiropus ocellatus inhabits shallow reefs and its range includes Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia. Also, only the male has the very tall dorsal fin. Whatever yours is, you sure got a great shot of its face.

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Yeah, it's hard for my uneducated eye to tell from photos. According to Kuiter/Debelius, Synchiropus ocellatus inhabits shallow reefs and its range includes Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia. Also, only the male has the very tall dorsal fin. Whatever yours is, you sure got a great shot of its face.

 

Perhaps the spines that stick out of it's head above the eyes are a diagnostic feature, you can see them a bit better in this profile shot. (D'oh, I should have posted it earlier).

 

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Take a look at this Brian - http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.php?id=17464

 

Might be a Anaora tentaculata, or tentacled dragonet, identified by a "moderately long tentacle behind the eye".

 

Thanks, that sounds about right including the habitat. I didn't recall any "small leafy appendages on the body", but reckon there could be signs of that in the bottom left corner of my 2nd photo.

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