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I'm hoping someone here knows a few of these fish. The fish on the Halimeda allowed a close approach and never moved. I'm pretty sure one is a Juvenile Snapper, but not sure which one. Thanks in advance.

Craig

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#1 looks to be cardinal fishes, one possibility for #1 (with the white spot below dorsal fin ) is Moluccan cardinalfish https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Ostorhinchus-moluccensis.html

 

#6 should be quite distinctive but I could not see any match with that black blotch. If you can't find out here try posting on https://www.inaturalist.org/ you may have some experts who will be able to help you there.

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#6 is interesting. Snapper, Yes, but there are 72 species in Fishbase. The three lines eliminate many of those. It looks like it might be a Bengal. The black spot and the line through the eye may signify a late juvenile, and it doesn't look very big.

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Thanks Brian, I think you got it with Cosmocampus banneri. They say it's rarely seen, but I saw two of them on different days.

 

Thanks Chris. The fish I can't find is the mostly transparent one, and yes it was swimming in a school of Moluccan Cardinalfish. Thanks for the tip about the naturalist site.

 

Thanks Eagle Ray. Bengal is a good guess, I wish I could find a description of a juvenile though.

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Having another look I'd be more inclined to go with https://www.fishbase.se/photos/PicturesSummary.php?ID=261&what=species for No6. I gave up staring at near identical transparent cardinal fish for No 1: Here's the fishbase list for Cardinal fish in the Phillipines: https://www.fishbase.se/identification/SpeciesList.php?class=&order=&famcode=304&subfamily=&genus=&areacode=&c_code=608&depth=&spines=&fins=&TL=&BD=&resultPage=1&sortby=species

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try this: https://www.fishbase.se/photos/ThumbnailsSummary.php?ID=261 and look at the fish on top left of group of photos. Or You might need to go here https://www.fishbase.se/summary/261 and click on pictures to get there, the forum seems to be adding some garbage to the link and breaking it.

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I did look at all the Cardinalfish and Snappers on Fishbase.   I don't think I found a match.  Thanks for the help.

Craig

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Image two shape and eye colouration resemble the ghostgoby (genus Pleurosycia). I can't find one with a clear match to your image with perhaps P. carolinensis getting closest. It is known from Luzon so could be in Anilao.

Juveniles are always hard to ID because reference books often don't have pictures for them. Image 4 may be a young lizardfish based on eye position and mouth/lip colouration. Image six looks like a juvenile kashmir snapper to me.

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Thanks Glasseye Snapper,

Going through my photos I see the fish in # 2 when I was shooting other subjects.  They seem to all be on Halgerda in the same head down position.

Craig

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