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Gulf Coast sampling 6/13/2018 -need ID input

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#1 JasonL

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 09:47 PM

Down in Mexico this week on vacation and saw some small fish in a reef like habitat on the beach where we were snorkeling/shelling and snapped a few pics. This area is in the Gulf of Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula but I'm thinking these species are along the U.S. coast as well and was hoping some of you saltwater/brackish folks might have some thoughts.

Beach/Reef setting. Fish were in less than a foot of water right near the reef rock.
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First fish had very darter like behavior underwater. Wondered about some sort of goby (eg. Darter goby) or blenny

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These next fish liked to dart in and out of the reef

?Juvenile pinfish or sheepshead

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?juvenile Permit

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Thoughts appreciated.

#2 MtFallsTodd

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 03:28 AM

The second fish looks like a sergeant major damsel.
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#3 littlen

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:28 AM

As common as they are, I'd agree.  Could also be a juvenile Night Sergeant.  Cool finds.

Yes on Permit.

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#4 gerald

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:32 AM

Gobies look like Bathygobius sp., Frillfin Goby or a related species. 

Gerald Pottern
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#5 rc6750

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 12:00 PM

Check this paper out on frillfin species - may help you out. they kind of look like B. lacertus, but they can be tricky




I was just in the same area (Cozumel) and caught this one I identified as B. lacertus



#6 JasonL

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:50 PM

Thanks all, good info.

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