[Coral-List] unidentified fish

Les Kaufman lesk at bu.edu
Thu Apr 26 12:22:14 EDT 2012

Dear Alice,

My wild guess is that it is a transition juvenile ("post-larval") scalloped ribbonfish, Zu cristatus, though for the life of me I've never seen one alive.  What an extraordinary, magnificent animal, and what a great place to see it!  Everything else there is pretty weird, too.

I recommend this be looked at more closely by an expert on lampriform fishes.


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Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:55:43 +0200
From: Alice Grainger <alicetgrainger at gmail.com>
Subject: [Coral-List] Fish ID
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Dear All,
This fish was recently spotted off Nusa Penida by the Aquatic Alliance


So far no one has been able to ID it, though many suspect it is a juvenile
of some description.
Any help in identifying this remarkable fish would be gratefully received.
Many thanks!
Les Kaufman
Professor of Biology
Boston University Marine Program
Senior Marine Scientist
Conservation International
lesk at bu.edu 

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