October 02, 2004

Post-pelagic ornate ghost pipefish

This ghost pipefish was a first to me, as I have never seen one in post-larval stage (we thought at first it was a different specie, until I looked for more information). You can see it still being fully transparent. It was a mission just to take a picture of it as it was driving me nuts by swimming around me, up and down. I stayed for more than 15 minutes doing what Mike called on DD imitation of the Tasmanian Devil" trying to have a side shot with tail fully expanded. Mission accomplished.

Another interesting phase was finishing the dive at the Police Pier. I went their to look for strange critters and finish my last bit of air, I bumped into a camouflaged painted frogfish with a massive belly (pregnant ?) and then realized that the pole was covered with tiny frogfishes about the size of a thumb.

#44: Location: Nudi Retreat, SI: 12h13min, Max. Depth: 21.4m, Time: 74min
#45: Location: Hairball 1, SI: 1h34min, Max. Depth: 14.3m, Time: 90min
#46: Location: Police Pier, SI: 1h35min, Max. Depth: 14.0m, Time: 113min
#47: Location: ?, SI: 1h36min, Max. Depth: 8.9m, Time: 42min

Hypselodoris whitei Pygmy seahorse - Hyppocampus bargibanti - Hairy squat lobster - Lauriea siagiani - on barrel sponge - Xestospongia testudinaria Hypselodoris apolegma Coral cat shark - Atelomycterus marmoratus Striped frogfish - Anntenarius striatus Robust ghost pipefish - Solenostomus cyanopterus Scorpionfish. Unindentified sp. Painted frogfish - Antennarius pictus - Ambon scorpion fish - Pteroidichthys amboinensis Ambon scorpion fish - Pteroidichthys amboinensis Ambon scorpion fish - Pteroidichthys amboinensis - pair. There is a smaller one (male ?) following behind White eyed moray eel Fingered dragonet - Dactylopus dactylopus -  ? Blue Ribbon Eel -  Rhinomuraena quaesita - Post larval (ie post-pelagic) Ornate ghost pipe fish - Solenostomus paradoxus - Spiny devil fish - Inimicus didactylus Spiny devil fish - Inimicus didactylus Snake Eel - Ophichythus sp. - Juvenile striped frogfish - Antennarius striatus - ? Painted frogfish - Antennarius pictus - There is also tiny black one on the right Juvenile frogfish - Antennarius sp. Pseudoceros sp. on top of a painted frogfish - Antennarius pictus - head. Pseudoceros sp. on top of a painted frogfish - Antennarius pictus - head.

 
Posted by stephane at October 2, 2004 04:17 PM
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Nice job... Is it next year yet?

Posted by: Bob Whorton on October 17, 2004 06:33 PM