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#6 is a Black Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon negrosensis)

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#5 is definitely a Cardinalfish. My best guess is either

 

Fivelined Cardinalfish (Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus)

-or-

Juvenile Spitband Cardinalfish (Ostorhinchus compressus)

 

#2 sure looks like a small or juv Hawkfish, but I see none with that distinctive dorsal fin spot. The Batu Coris (Coris batuensis) has that spot, but doesn't match in other ways. Maybe a juv Coris batuensis? Now that I look closer, I see the much smaller spot farther down the dorsal fin. So, I'm going with juvenile Coris batuensis.

 

Good luck with the Goby (#3) - one can go batty pouring over Goby ID pics....

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Thanks Moray Eel,

I think you nailed the two Wrasses. I looked at both the Cardinalfish you suggest and can't find any pics of either that have alternating thick and thin stripes. I have already gone batty looking at Goby pics. This one looks like it should be easy.

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I just found out why I couldn't find the goby, because it's Helogramma striata, a Striped Triplefin. Found it completely by accident.

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1 peacock fairy-wrasse (cirrhilabrus temminckii)

2 juvenile batu coris (coris batuensis)

4 blackspot damselfish (pomacentrus stigma)

5 wolf cardinalfish (cheilodipterus artus)

7 lemon damselfish (pomacentrus molluccensis)

 

others already correctly identified

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