Saturday, December 17, 2011

Ridiculously small Stuff!

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Just to show you that we got more than Sharks.

From today's dives in the Lagoon and on Shark Reef.
The upper screenshot shows one of the Dwarf Seahorses we now regularly find in one of our a secret spots. It is very likely Hippocampus severnsi, one of many similar recently described species. Here's a proper picture, very likely in 2x magnification as they are minuscule.

The lower one is of a very small juvenile Razor Wrasse, probably Iniistius (formerly Xyrichtys) pavo.
This is how they look.

The Shrimp Goby below is probably a flaring Amblyeleotris ellipse, formerly only known from Samoa.
It's probably just a range extension but it may also be a new species, something that can only be determined via DNA analysis.

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And since we're at it, behold the Squarespot Fairy Basslet, Pseudanthias pleurotaenia - fairly common but always a wonderful find!

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Long story short?
Next time you come, pack your wide-angle zoom but do not forget your macro rig!

2 comments:

The Saipan Blogger said...

And then give it to me so I can flood it!

OfficetoOcean said...

That is pretty awesome!