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Help identifying a fish from Anilao, Philippines

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I'd appreciate help identifying a fish I photographed on a recent trip to Anilao. It was rather small, in the neighborhood of 2 inches or so, and was found at a depth of about 30 ft. on a night dive.

Thanks!

 

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Juvenile lion/scorpionfish was also my first thought but certainly nothing I've seen myself or on images. I hope someone knows what it is. Very nice image as well.

 

Bart

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2" long. On my last trip they caught a juvenile lion fish that I remember being smaller than 2" and it looked like an adult lion fish.

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I think you're right. I just did a quick google images search and even tiny (like 1 cm) juveniles are clearly much more similar to adults. Must be something else. I've never seen one like this in Anilao myself.

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I still think it is most likely a juvenile scorpionfish of some kind. Dorsal and caudal fins and head shape all look scorpion-like. I went through all of them in Reef Fish of the East Indies but most have no information about juveniles. I am puzzled by the first pectoral fin ray that seems to be separated fully from the fin. That would probably still be the case in the adult.

 

Bart

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That spine might be part of the pelvic fin - hard to tell at resolution of this image. A number of scorpaenids have a stout spine at the beginning of the pelvic fin.

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Great to see a mystery solved!

 

Also, that Poppe Images site is a terrific resource for Philippines diving. I had not come across it before so many thanks for that tip.

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Congratulations. Hunting for an id and then finding it is very rewarding. Perhaps you can upload your image to fishbase so others will have it a bit easier in the future.

 

Bart

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