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 Reef Fish  II


 
  SEAHORSES

is the only seahorse specie in the Eastern Pacific region and belong to the Tubemouthed Fishes which also includes the elongated pipefish, trumpetfish, cornetfish and sticklebacks. It is able to change its color to the surrounding area and blends thus easily in.

Hippocampus ingens, up to 35cm

Pacific Seahorse



 
  ANGLERFISHES
are strangely shaped fish, found sitting motionless on the bottom blending in with their surroundings. There they wait patiently for prey and they use a rod hanging over their mouth to attract unsuspecting small fish.

Ogcocephalus darwini, up to 20cm, photo by Rolf Sangkohl

Antennarius coccineus

Galapagos Batfish

Scarlet Frogfish



 
  HAWKFISH
are often found perching motionless on rocks and can be easily approached. Lying there patiently they wait for prey to swim by which they catch by suddenly darting out after them.

Cirrhitus rivulatus, up to 65cm

Giant Hawkfish



 
  TRIGGERFISHES
are named for their ability to erect its first dorsal spine which is locked  with the help of another spine into an upright position. They are predators of urchins, starfish,  mollusks and crustaceans and you may observe them blowing into sand to uncover their prey.

Sufflamen verres, up to 40cm

Pseudobalistes naufragium, up to 1m

Orangeside Triggerfish

Stone Triggerfish



 
 PARROTFISHES
are easily encountered on many sites and they got their name from their somewhat parrot like snout. They are herbivores feeding mostly on algae which they scrape of rocks or corals.

Scarus compressus, up to 60cm

Scarus ghobban, up to 45cm

Scarus perrico, up to 75cm

Azure Parrotfish

Bluechin Parrotfish

Bumphead Parrotfish



 
  BLENNIES
are small elongated fish encountered among the rocky crevices where they feed on algae and tiny invertebrates. Those crevices also serves them as hiding places against bigger predators..

Ophioblennius steindachneri, up to 17cm

Triplefin Blenny

Panamic Fanged Blenny



 
 SNAPPERS & JACKS

are excellent food fishes and therefore vulnerable to overfishing. On the reefs they are often encountered in large schools.

Lutjanus viridis, up to 30cm

Caranx sexfasciatus, up to 120cm

Blue-and-Gold Snapper

Bigeye Trevally



 
  EELS & MORAYS

are easily recognized for their very elongated forms becoming in some cases snake like without any discernible fins. Most are nocturnal and possess sharp teeth but they are not aggressive and can be approached. They reside in crevices or burrow in the sand at the shallow bottom.

Myrichthys maculosus, up to 60cm long

Muraena lentiginosa, up to 80cm

 Tiger Snake Eel

Jewel Moray




 

all photos by Erich Lehenbauer except seahorses, batfish,
frogfish, trevally, moray by Rolf Sangkohl



 



 



 

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