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This photo of dragonet is from a friend in Cairns. She took the photo a few years ago, in about 7 to 10 meters of water, among ruble and Acropora corals and came across another one last week.

 

She's exhausted her supply of critter ID books, and I couldn't find this in any of mine.

 

Anyone have an idea what species this might be?

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Was the photo taken at the GBR?

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Yes I believe so

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I cant help with the ID but what a beautiful specimen it is.

 

Stew

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Yeah, it's certainly a beautiful fish, whatever it is.

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Yeah, it's certainly a beautiful fish, whatever it is.

 

Synchiropus sp. ???

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Received a tentative ID of Synchiropus bartelsi

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This looks very different from the S. bartelsi that I saw before. I am still trying, and e-mailing some specialists. Will let you know when I hear anything back from them.

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Thanks Nick!

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