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    trouble identifying a reef fish.

    Hi,
    on my last trip to the caribbeans, I found a few fish that was not in any of my fish books and so far have not been able to find on the net either.
    has the same identical shape as a pygmy angelfish, but is darkblue almost black with big fluorescent blue dots the size of pees everywhere on its body. about 2" in size. I imagine its a juvenile.. but can't find it.

    anybody has a better book then mine ? can shed some light.. it was absolutely beautiful not that shy either. I was able to observe him every day at the same spot on the reef. and got about 2feet close to my mask on many occasions.

    I found this picture on the net, its not mine but looks identical to what i have seen and pictured.. except my pics are even worse.. lol.. cheapo throwaway cameras.. ARR

    http://www.pbase.com/fallline/image/68559394

    let me know what it is plz

    maybe this book would help:
    http://www.amazon.ca/Reef-Fish-Ident...2447412&sr=1-6

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    That pic looks like a jewel damselfish Heres the first pic I found on the web of one.
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    that must be it !! thx !

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    there is a nicer fish that lives near or on brains. Its jet black with neon blue dots on it. Shy fish, but I think it's the most beautiful fish I have seen snorkeling.

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    ya, i'm not convinced its the damsel..It looked soo much shinnier and the dots were much bigger
    but not all fish have the same identical patterns.. this might be one of those variations ? I looked in my books and it had the damsel... i see the resemblance, but.
    BIGGUNSAR, if you find the name of that fish you are talking about, let me know

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    How about this guy then? The page I found said he was a Juvenile garabaldi, Hypsypops rubicundus
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    naaa.. he is pitch black or dark blue, with pea size sky blue dots.

    thanks for all the searching

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    chances are LIV it is a damsel. alot of them are amazing as juvy's but look ugly as they mature.
    if it was indead a pygmy angel it more than likely would be available in the fish trade.

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    he he.. very true.. i was just reading on that.. exact same thing you just said.. beautiful as a Juv... ugly as an adult. i checked online.. they are also available for the trade.. and sell for real cheap because they are aggressive like blue devils, but very hardy so are usually sold to beginners... i'll stay away from them.

    thanks for all the replies

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