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Does anybody know what kind of fish this is.

found it on a night dive outside Sabang in Phillipinnes.

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not a fish.... forgot its name....but a eel. Ugly mothers ! Hide in the sand. I swam over a crab hidden under the sand once in PG, ( big one ) .... it ambushed me and clawed my leg

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i found this red one and a white one exactly the same

so its an eal that helps now i maybe can find a name of this eal

thank you :D

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Hi Danne

 

it's a reptilian snake eel, Brachysomophis henshawi

 

see Allen et al., 2003

 

cheerio

 

A :D

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Hi Folks,

Eels ARE teleost fishes belonging to the order Anguilliformes.

Art, Do you have the complete citation? Family name would be good too. I gather it is not a moray (fam. Muraenidae).

Thanks

Tom

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Hey tom, It bugs me too when people insist that eels arent fish. Do you know about FishBase. www.fishbase.org If not you should definately check it out. Tons of info on almost every fish species, and many different ways to search for them.

 

I did a fishbase search for Brachysomophis henshawi

 

Family Ophichthidae (Snake eels) subfamily: Ophichthinae

 

http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSum...esname=henshawi

 

Fisbase there is a refrence link on that page. It brings you here. There you will find the complete citation for Arts refrence.

http://www.fishbase.org/References/Summary...esName=henshawi

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Hi William,

I have a couple of AK fish pix in fishbase.

:D

 

Thanks for the link!

 

No Allen et al. 2003 but there is this:

Allen, G.R. and M. Adrim, 2003 Coral reef fishes of Indonesia. Zool. Stud. 42(1):1-72.

 

here is a link to the species:

http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSum...esname=henshawi

 

Very useful once you have the name and can search the database.

Tom

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The link I gave may be redundant, sorry. :D

Tom

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His refrence could also be

 

Allen, Steene, Humann, and Deloach. Feef Fish Identification: Tropical Pacific. Is also from 2003. Dont have the book in front of me so I cant say for sure that the fish is in that book.

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Hi folks

 

yes, it's the book by Allen, Steene, Humann and somebody else (don't havbe it in front of me)

 

very useful and quite cheap

 

A

:D

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It's a crocodile snake eel. They're very common in the sand flats of Sabang, as you found out, I've got images of red, black and sand coloured ones.

 

Stu

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found a couple of red onces and a sand colored they was every where there:)

thx for the names on them

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