Egghead??

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  1. SteveZi

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    I took this photo a while back, but it still baffles me – any opinions would be welcomed.

    I was snorkelling and came across this filefish with these weird tufts of “eggs” in front of its eyes and on its snout.
    It looked as if the fish was fanning the "eggs" with its pectorals, but this could just be coincidental, although it is interesting to note that the “eggs” were placed very symmetrical on both sides of the head.

    I took some photos in a small glass container and a few of the “eggs” came loose and floated about – they definitely looked like eggs of some sort.
    Unfortunately (as is always the case…) I didn’t have a very good camera available, so the photo is a bit bad – I keyed out the background in photoshop for a little contrast, but the “eggs” are not very visible.
    Anybody with any ideas/theories on what’s going on here?

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  3. Broder

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    Very interesting....
     
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    very interesting indeed.

    @sihaya perhaps you want to guess, or maybe know womeone who does know?
     
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    Very interesting... I'll have to do some research. My first thought is that it's a parasite or hitchhiker of some kind.
     
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    Judging from the last 3 posts, "very interesting" actually means "HUH?????":p
     
  7. SteveZi

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    or maybe something else laid eggs on it while it was sleeping in a crevice..?
    but if someone puts something on my face while I'm sleeping, I wipe it off when i wake up... :)

    :)
     
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    That happens to you a lot then does it? :p
     
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  9. SteveZi

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    i've had some incidents with shaving cream and toothpaste...
    ...but have always managed to repay the favor :)

    o, and my dad used to enjoy putting freshly caught fish on unsuspecting victims in the early hours of the morning.
     
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    [​IMG]

    It's a tail-light file - Cantherhines pardalis with a bit of fungus. I can't remember the scientific name for it off the top of my head for the fungus, but is is fairly common on weakened, more pelagic fish. If the fish is kept in quarantine for a few days and its condition improves, the fungus merely falls off. I often find that collected fish shed it if kept in a bucket for more than a few days (with water-changes).
     
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    thanks Richard - that would explain why this fish was a bit lethargic as well.
     
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    They not a bundle of dynamite at the best of times.
     
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    I disagree, both of mine are VERY dynamic and squirt water at you if you work in either of their tanks.
     
  14. SteveZi

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    when i'm in the water, everything seems to motor! even these guys, when they hit the current.
    i need one of those camo suits.

    yes, they squirt water, play dead and appear to be more intelligent than your average mullet..
     
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    Ok... bad choice of words, what I mean is that they're very easy to catch:p.
     
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    Maybe in puddles....;)
     
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    :biggrin::tt2:
     
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