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#1 FishyJackson

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Posted 02 July 2016 - 06:00 PM

Whats up boys, Fishy Jackson is honeymoonin' in St Lucia...y'all know what that means.  These may not be North American waters, but Fishy has great faith in the Nanfa ID Warriors



1) Non-colorful damselfish...not optimistic for a definitive ID on this one 


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2) I'm certain the first pic is a french grunt, is the second pic also a frenchy?


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3) some kind of jawfish?



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4) First pic looks like a regular runofthemill Hairy Blenny...which Blenneth be the 2nd?


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#2 dredcon

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Posted 03 July 2016 - 12:00 PM

Nice pics. I would say you are heading in the right direction with those id's. Love that jawfish. I'll check my books and see what I can come up with.

#3 littlen

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Posted 03 July 2016 - 12:43 PM

Your second grunt may be a juvenile White.



And I'm guessing your jawfish is a Banded.

Nick L.

#4 Betta132

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Posted 03 July 2016 - 02:20 PM

Went through my marine fish atlas, Dr. Burgess' Atlas of Marine Aquarium Fishes. There's a LOT of damsls, but your damsel looks like maybe Chromis notata, Cheiloprion labiatus, or Stegastes obreptus, though damsel body shape changes a bit as they grow and makes it a bit tricky to figure out which of the several plain grey damsels you have. Your jawfish definitely looks like a banded, and the spiky blenny looks like mmmaybe Labrisomus haitiensis or Malacoctenus zonifer? Most of the pics that resemble it seem to be babies, whereas I'm sure yours is older than them. 

#5 FishyJackson

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Posted 03 July 2016 - 06:50 PM

Hey Betta- Most of those fish you named are pacific fish, though they do look similar.  


This thread could get out of hand, There's a dock and rocks to fish on 30 seconds away from our room, so even though I have honeymoon obligations I should get daily session(s) in.  I'm already hurting on rigs from all the rocks though.  Also, it's crazy windy at all times and forecast doesnt indicate that will change, a squall came through before and I nearly got knocked in the water from like a 70 mph wind gust lol. If ever dies down I'll break out the micro gear and it will get out of control, there are tons of the real colorful juvenile damsels around but looks like will require micro hook to get them


After doing some research , my thoughts.  Plus some more fish.  


1) Dusky Damselfish (Stegastes fuscus)- I went back out there today and couldn't get away from them, caught like 10 of them and they were all the same. I'm thinking these almost have to Dusky Damsel, they're either Dusky or Beau Gregory, I'm sick of Beau Gregory (both previous Damsels I caught were ID'd as Beau).  But this seems very Duskyish 


2) Juvenile White Grunt- I think Littlen is correct here based on the blue lines on the face, just seemed to have some squiggly yellow lines on it that threw me off, but if noone thinks different on this, White Grunt it is


3) Banded Jawfish or Mottled Jawfish- After checking out the possible Jawfish, it's either Banded Jawfish as you guys said, or Mottled Jawfish.  They both have the dot on the dorsal between the 6th and 9th spines.  The only reason I'm not totally sold on Banded yet is that it doesn't appear to have bands on it, but Bandeds do seem more common



4) Female Hairy Blenny? - If so, this is Hairy Blenny central, I've caught 4 already.  And if that's a female hairy, this guy below is gonna be putting the moves on her soon (check out them mating colors)


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5) Longspine Squirrelfish (Holocentrus rufus)? - Assumed this was just a regular Squirrelfish, but now based on the white tips of dorsal spines I think this is Longspine Squirrel?


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6) mystery Grouper- figured this would be of the Hind Groupers, but doesn't appear to be.  


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7) Caesar Grunt?


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#6 FishyJackson

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Posted 04 July 2016 - 04:25 PM

Figured out the GRouper


6) Coney Grouper (Cephalopholis fulva) - Ruled out Coney initially because the pics I saw were Red/White.  Apparently they change color at some point to brownish like the one I caught

#7 dredcon

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Posted 05 July 2016 - 04:36 PM

Watch the opercal on those squirrelfish. They are razor sharp and can be super nasty.

#8 FishyJackson

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Posted 05 July 2016 - 07:39 PM

Watch the opercal on those squirrelfish. They are razor sharp and can be super nasty.


truth, it sucks unhooking those fish




Think I'm all set on these ID's now


1) Dusky Damselfish


2) White Grunt


3) Mottled Jawfish- after research 95% sure it's Mottled, not banded


4) Female Hairy Blenny


5) Longspine Squirrelfish- This appears to be the common Squirrel of the area


6) Coney


7) Smallmouth Grunt- mistakenly ID'd as Caesar originally 

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