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  1. malcolmhills

    malcolmhills DI New Member

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    Hi - can anyone help identify this little beauty?
    My girlfriend took the photo but doesn't know what it is.

    Thank you :0)
     

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    jellyfish DI Forum Patron

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    It's surely a triggerfish (balistidae).
    Looking to the tale shape it could be a Odonus niger, but I am not sure.
    There are so many different types of trigger fishes.
    I guess this one was captured in an aquarium and had just visited the beauty parlour for an eye make-up :smile:
     
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    malcolmhills DI New Member

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    Thanks jellyfish ! Fish are not really my forte; and this seemed to be the best place to get help - and it appears to be so :0)
    Many thanks ... :D:D:D
     
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    jellyfish DI Forum Patron

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    Your welcome Malcolmhills.
    Welcome at our forum as well.
     
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    manaiahills DI Member

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    hello...it looks like a leatherjacket fish...
     
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    jellyfish DI Forum Patron

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    Oh, does it ???? :confused:
    Then compare the two more carefully please !
    This is a leatherjacket fish (see Wikepedia)
     

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    manaiahills DI Member

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    well there's should be an expert somewhere...a fisheries' inspector might know because we are only guessing..
     
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    Rhoody DI Forum Luminary

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    as matter of fact, Jelly is an expert.

    In this picture i would get a step further and say it is a Queen Triggerfish (or very close relative).
    The Family of Triggerfish has about 40 Variations. For non-diver the Clown Triggerfish is the most famous one, while the Titan Triggerfish is very famous with Scuba Diver and cause nasty bites, they are also the only natural enemies in this region here of the reef-destroying crown of thorns

    Triggerfish are very easy to identify due to their unique bodyshape.

    A wonderful divesite to watch thousands of red-tooth Triggerfish is the gentle drift from Rock Point East to Rock Point West at Apo Island.

    Cheers

    Rhoody
     
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    jellyfish DI Forum Patron

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    Manaiahills, you don't have to be an expert at all to distinguish a trigger fish.
    Any diver (if he dives !!) will recognize it as a trigger fish.
    So no need to search for a "fisheries' inspector" but simply ask someone who dives. Don't tell me YOU dive as well :D
     
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    opppps !! sorry jelly..I didn't realize that you're an expert....and by the way i only dive in bed LOLZ

    Thanks for the info..very knowledgeable..
     
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