Help ID Please

Discussion in 'ID Needed' started by Shaun, 1 Jan 2009.

  1. Shaun

    Shaun Retired Moderator

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    Found these fish swimming around on the surface of the water. When they were disturber they scattered and then reformed their shoal on the surface again.

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    Same guy but out of the water.
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    This one must be of the opp sex as it does not have wings.

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    gee, will check my books.
     
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    i am not certain but a stab in the dark is a simple "flying fish". that just looks like a juv to me, but those peck fins are certainly distinctive:) and they surface dwellers. nice catch btw:)
     
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    Thx Crispin, but ??

    I have 5 of them 2 with "wings" 3 normal.
    The winged ones have v shaped tail fins. You can just make them out in pic 2 they are clear.
     
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    Flying fish. Do not last in a tank. I tried
     
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    So Sean do you say they are also flying fish. I so I must put them back.
     
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    Yes Shaun, they are flying fish. I see them a lot here in our harbour area, "floating" on the surface. Dunno if there is more than one species though
     
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    Thx will try take them back, only thing is their are only 2 left the 2 with the wings.
    I looked on the net for them found lots of flying fish but non like them.
     
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    Ja, they do not last in our setups. Also lost a few when I put them in the tank
     
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    Sean is right Shaun, unfortunatley these guys dont last in our tanks :(
     
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    Yes Mek I know that now have a total of 0 left, was going to put them back to day.:(

    So please guys don't catch them they seem very fragile and don't last long.
     
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    Sorry to hear man.
     
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    Shaun Retired Moderator

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    Help ID please:

    I is ether a Threadfin Butterfly or a Pearly Butterfly it does have a dot on the tail "threadfin" but the eye stripe is more Pearly.

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    NICE - you lucky bugger..... I would definitely say juvenile threadfin.... the "dot" can still appear later on....
     
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    I am leaning more on Pearly.

    Almost caught a Bluebanded Surgeon, he was in my net and well lets just say the tide won.:(
     
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    Definitely Pearly Butterfly (Chaetodon Madagaskariensis) as the threadfin in juvenile stage already has the spot. Also,The broken black line on the forehead is a dead give away
     
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    It does have a spot, in the water it is more prominent.


    That is what I also noticed.

    Thx.
     
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