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Topics for 2015
Topic # Discussion Topic Views Replies No. of pictures Last Reply
6325
Ctenopoma - Climbing Gouramies in the Wrong Part of the World?
Posted on: 26/06/2015 02:27:52

I found an unusal marine creature in a murky jungle puddle that filled after the rains, and was able (I believe) to identify it as a Ctenopoma. The problem is that the habitat of this type of fish is Asia and Africa (Wikipedia) - and this one lives in that rainwater puddle some 100 meters from the eastern shores of the YUCATAN PENINSULA! I would much appreciate if anyone can suggest for me a knowledgable saurce of information that can discass and resolve this issue for me. Have I discovered a new species???:-)) Thanks
18 2 2 Thank you Rudy...
01/07/2015 00:40:52
By : Jack
6324
freshwater fish identification?
Posted on: 20/06/2015 04:59:54

Caught in a freshwater pond/swamp in Vancouver British Columbia. About 4 inches in length, I would assume quite young as many 1 inch fry were visible in the water as well.
19 3 3 Repeat post du...
23/06/2015 01:27:18
By : Pete Liptrot
6323
Nocturnal behaviour of remoras (sharksuckers)
Posted on: 14/06/2015 01:27:46

Dear all, I am interested in fish ecology/behaviour and have following question: Did anybody observe remoras during NIGHT DIVES? If so, did the fish rest motionless, was it attached to a host, did it feed or what else did you observe? Every detail is welcome, thank you much in advance, Erik
18 0 0 No reply
6322
Fish identification Sri Lanka
Posted on: 10/06/2015 02:34:40

Hi, recently I enjoyed diving in Sri Lanka. As always after a diving holiday I end up with quite some video's (or pictures extracted from them) with fish I can't get identified. These pictures are taken in Trincomalee. The dive master told me it can only be seen in Sri Lanka, but when I looked online, the only resemblance I found was a juvenile "bodianus axilliaris". Can anyone identify it with certainty ?
34 2 2 I wish I could...
14/06/2015 04:38:04
By : Erik Peeters
6321
Fish identification Sri Lanka
Posted on: 10/06/2015 02:29:40

Hi, recently I enjoyed diving in Sri Lanka. As always after a diving holiday I end up with quite some video's (or pictures extracted from them) with fish I can't get identified. This picture is taken in Trincomalee and I can't find any resembling photo online. Maybe it is from the "percidae" family. It is blue, has a vague yellow spot between mouth and (relatively big black) eye and black edges on it's fins and at the end of its tail. Can anyone identify this one ?
26 2 1 You are probab...
11/06/2015 19:21:25
By : Erik Peeters
6320
Fish identification Sri Lanka - scorpionfish
Posted on: 10/06/2015 02:21:57

Hi, recently I enjoyed diving in Sri Lanka. As always after a diving holiday I end up with quite some video's (or pictures extracted from them) with fish I can't get identified. These pictures are taken in Trincomalee and show some kind of scorpionfish. My wild guess would be "parascorpaena picta". Can anyone confirm or correct ? I upload several pictures from several dives because I believe they are all the same species. If anyone is interested, I have a video of one "walking" or "humping" (the one from pictures 452_...).
20 0 6 No reply
6319
Fish identification Sri Lanka
Posted on: 03/06/2015 10:25:34

Hi, recently I enjoyed diving in Sri Lanka. As always after a diving holiday I end up with quite some video's (or pictures extracted from them) with fish I can't get identified. These pictures are taken during a night dive on the French Garden Reef in Uppuveli (Trincomalee). I have no idea what this fish is. The pictures from a distant show a light grey almost silver fish with 3 broad black stripes over its back (which is about to be disturbed by what I believe is "Parupeneus barberinus"). The pictures up close show a darker grey fish, and the black areas have turned mossy green. It has spiny dorsal fins from neck to tail, but only when agitated (third and fourth picture). Can anyone take a look and identify ?
39 2 4 Ok, thanks
05/06/2015 18:53:47
By : Erik Peeters
6318
Fish identification Sri Lanka - pipefish
Posted on: 03/06/2015 10:02:28

Hi, recently I enjoyed diving in Sri Lanka. As always after a diving holiday I end up with quite some video's (or pictures extracted from them) with fish I can't get identified. This picture is taken in Trincomalee and shows some kind of pipefish. My wild guess would be "halicampus grayi". Can anyone confirm or correct ?
31 0 1 No reply
6317
Fish identification Sri Lanka
Posted on: 03/06/2015 09:50:59

Hi, recently I enjoyed diving in Sri Lanka. As always after a diving holiday I end up with quite some video's (or pictures extracted from them) with fish I can't get identified. These pictures are taken on a night dive at French Garden Reef in Uppuveli (Trincomalee) from a fish of which I have no idea at all. It is a long grey fish, with short white stripes containing a black dot. It has a head like a dog or a fox and a wide-ended tail going from white to almost black which is 1/3rd of its whole body. Can anyone take a look at this weirdo and identify it ?
26 2 3 Thanks Rudy !...
05/06/2015 18:46:23
By : Erik Peeters
6316
fish identification
Posted on: 03/06/2015 09:37:09

Hi, recently I enjoyed diving in Sri Lanka. As always after a diving holiday I end up with quite some video's (or pictures extracted from them) with fish I can't get identified. These pictures are taken on Great Basses Reef in the South East from a school of flat silver fish. My wild guess would be "deprane longimana". Can anyone confirm or correct ?
34 0 3 No reply
6315
Looking for participants in online fisherman's study
Posted on: 28/05/2015 03:58:35

Hi, I am a student from the University of Costa Rica and the University of Amsterdam. I am currently conducting a study on fishermen and the development of fishing practices. I am looking for participants to fill in a short questionaire about their fiishing activities. I would love it if one of you would be able to fill in my questionnaire for me. I have the questionnaire in English, French, and Spanish. Please feel free to email me on megan.clay@student.auc.nl with the filled out form. This research is truly invaluable (at least in my opnion) and anyone that is willing to fill out my questionnaire would be of tremendous help. Many thanks. Megan Clay.
39 1 0 Hi, Here are t...
28/05/2015 04:36:55
By : Megan Clay
6314
Freshwater Sunfish New York
Posted on: 27/05/2015 12:03:49

This fish was caught and released in the Toronto Reservoir in White Lake, New York (United States). Is it a redbreast sunfish, a pumpkinseed, a hybrid of some sort, or something else?
38 1 2 Redbreast Sunf...
13/06/2015 22:21:27
By : omegaman66
6311
need help to indetify fish
Posted on: 21/05/2015 10:46:05

caught with pelagic trawl, irminger sea. cant find it in any fish books or internet searches !
92 6 2 hi again, i ha...
31/05/2015 21:25:24
By : knut
6310
Bait for Oreochromis Aureus
Posted on: 21/05/2015 10:17:18

Looking for additional information on Blue Tilapia; feeding habits, fishing bait and if they are schooling fish.
49 0 0 No reply
6309
Nemipterus japonicus
Posted on: 21/05/2015 03:27:34

how to distinguish male and female fish, for Nemipterus japonicus? because it is very difficult to be seen from outside the body only ..
43 0 1 No reply
6308
red colored fish from South Africa
Posted on: 20/05/2015 04:52:07

Any ideas what species this is? Is it a species of Klipfish?
61 2 1 Thank you so v...
06/06/2015 19:17:47
By : omegaman66
6307 65 2 1 I can't te...
20/05/2015 05:01:03
By : MIke G.
6306

Posted on: 15/05/2015 01:06:45

What kind of fish is this?
56 1 0 Hi Sir/Ma'am,...
26/05/2015 13:58:45
By : Joann Glorioso
6305
North Aegean -Mediteranian Record Pargus
Posted on: 12/05/2015 03:20:55

Can you please let me know the type and the age of the fish I got 2 days ago in the North Aegean? Official measurments: Weight 25.920kg (almost 26 kg) Height 1.08 m Width 42 cm Sex: Femail Is it a Pargus Red or Pargus Major?
63 1 3 I think it is...
26/05/2015 06:33:36
By : etrusko
6304
API
Posted on: 12/05/2015 09:24:17

Hi, Is there anyway to get access to FishBase via an API ? Thanks TIm
53 0 0 No reply
6303
Fish Identification Help Please
Posted on: 11/05/2015 01:26:18

I caught this fish from Monongahela River in Pittsburgh PA. It seems to be a bass. Do you know which species of bass is it?
72 0 3 No reply
6302
Need help identifying fish caught in Mexico (Pacific side)
Posted on: 28/04/2015 06:31:17

I caught this fish last week near Punta Mita, Mexico. I have no idea what it is...
100 1 1 Giant Hawkfish...
30/04/2015 21:47:56
By : Pete Liptrot
6301
Fish id
Posted on: 13/04/2015 11:46:53

Hi Guys Any ideas on this one?
129 2 1 Thank you
07/05/2015 08:21:31
By : Lorraine Brennan
6300
Fish id
Posted on: 13/04/2015 11:31:33

Hi Guys Any idea what these are?
84 1 1 Golden Barb
23/04/2015 22:42:18
By : Pete Liptrot
6299
Fish id
Posted on: 13/04/2015 11:13:28

Hi Guys Is this a Checkered Barb - Barbus oligolepis or something else?
76 1 1 Poorly-coloure...
23/04/2015 22:51:18
By : Pete Liptrot
6298
Definition of latitudinal zones on Fishbase??
Posted on: 13/04/2015 11:03:09

Many species have known latitudes in which they live, but many are also given the classification of 'temperate' or 'tropical'. Does this relate to the general area in which they are most common, or the temperature range of the water, or is it less well defined than that? Would love if someone can help!
64 0 0 No reply
6297
Fish Id
Posted on: 07/04/2015 02:55:53

Hi Guys This was taken in Komodo National Park, Indonesia could it be Paracheilinus octotaenia although seems to be in the wrong place.
93 2 1 Thank You
09/04/2015 12:48:59
By : Lorraine Brennan
6296
Getting "Fisheries" information from Fishbase
Posted on: 01/04/2015 07:27:01

Hi, I am trying to find a way to get "Fisheries" information for nearly 900 species to see whether they are commercially fished or not. I couldn't find any way to access the data unless I search each species manually which takes ages! Is there any way to access this data on the Fishbase website? I even thought of ordering a DVD hoping that it contains the information in a better searchable format, but the DVD seems not to be updated from 2004. Thanks in advance for any help/suggestion.
77 0 0 No reply
6295
Fish id
Posted on: 30/03/2015 02:05:59

Hi Guys Would this be Rasbora lacrimula or something else?
84 2 1 Thank you
31/03/2015 11:19:46
By : Lorraine Brennan
6294
Which jawfish
Posted on: 27/03/2015 11:46:05

Hi Guys Which Jawfish is this, is it opistognathus jacksoniensis, or opistognathus cyanospilitus it was found off the coast of Bunderburg, QLD
88 2 1 Thank you
09/04/2015 12:50:57
By : Lorraine Brennan
6293

Posted on: 24/03/2015 11:34:26

Hi, Can anybody identify this fish for me? It is obviously some kind of (spiny) pufferfish that I caught last week on a sandy bottom a few hundred yards away from Denton Bridge (Gambia). I caught this fish (20 cm. long) with a piece of shrimp. If you need more information please let me know.
92 1 0 Dear Marcel,...
30/03/2015 16:36:36
By : Joann Glorioso
6292
Fish ID
Posted on: 18/03/2015 08:17:48

I'm Looking for an ID on the striped fish that I caught in a drain behind my house after heavy rain. I'm presuming banded grunter but on details I have of this fish so-far it has too many stripes. I am in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia and the drain is attached to feeder creeks and a lake with tidal influx but fish is in total fresh.
109 1 0 Reply received...
01/04/2015 09:13:52
By : FishBase
6291
Fish ID
Posted on: 18/03/2015 08:14:28

I'm Looking for an ID on the striped fish that I caught in a drain behind my house after heavy rain. I'm presuming banded grunter but on details I have of this fish so-far it has too many stripes. I am in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia and the drain is attached to feeder creeks and a lake with tidal influx but fish is in total fresh.
109 0 0 No reply
6290
What fish is this?
Posted on: 05/03/2015 04:55:38

I've been wondering, what fish is this? :(
158 1 1 Looks like a l...
12/03/2015 19:11:01
By : Pete Liptrot
6289
Vulnerability
Posted on: 02/03/2015 01:24:29

What does vulnerability mean? It is the level of vulnerability to be extinct? what is it based on? Thanks!
196 0 0 No reply
6288
ID
Posted on: 26/02/2015 09:56:21

Hi Guys An ideas on this one, it was taken in Lembeh, Indonesia, when disturbed would dive into the sand, we did think juvenile Xyrichtys sp. but really have no idea if this is right or if something else. Thank You
125 0 1 No reply
6287
Another id
Posted on: 25/02/2015 01:48:46

Hi Guys Can anyone identify this little fish about 3cm, taken in Sulawesi, in a small group hovering above the substrate
140 1 1 Paracheilinus...
14/04/2015 15:03:13
By : cheng-yi tsai
6286
ID
Posted on: 25/02/2015 01:16:38

Hi Guys Anyone know what this is, we have no idea! Thank You
148 2 1 Thank you
30/03/2015 12:33:21
By : Lorraine Brennan
6285
Seahorse id
Posted on: 25/02/2015 10:01:10

Hi Guys Can anyone identify this Seahorse taken at Lembeh, Indonesia! Thank you
98 0 1 No reply
6284
fish diversity and speciation
Posted on: 24/02/2015 10:37:17

I am studying the basics of Marine biology and have to ; 1) explain why there are so many species of fish 2) outline the potential explanations as to why fish show such high levels of diversification 3 ) evaluate the supporting evidence Can anyone help me with this or send mea link to a site where I can find this kind of information.? So far I have evolution and environmental reasons but nothing in enough detail to really expalin!! Thanks in anticipation
118 0 0 No reply
6283
what is this fish?
Posted on: 24/02/2015 09:18:21

Somebody Know this fish? we catch him in the Namibian fishingrounds
114 2 1 Lampris guttat...
14/04/2015 15:07:32
By : cheng-yi tsai
6282
Fish id
Posted on: 24/02/2015 02:59:18

Hi Guys This was taken in Cyprus, is Pegellus bogaraveo without the spot or something else. I wasn't sure about the pattern on the fish though. Thank you
111 2 1 Thank you I th...
27/02/2015 11:24:57
By : Lorraine Brennan
6281
Sea Gull
Posted on: 24/02/2015 11:05:39

While in Tanzania, menus included "sea gull" which when we questioned, it was confirmed this was a fish. Could this be the local English name for a fish?
106 0 0 No reply
6280
fish/shark
Posted on: 23/02/2015 02:22:10

Hi Guys Can anyone identify this one, could be from the UK or might be an aquarium fish. Thank you
134 1 0 Hi Lorraine,...
13/03/2015 15:34:47
By : Joann Glorioso
6279 112 0 0 No reply
6278
Wirz See - Estonia
Posted on: 19/02/2015 03:31:44

Predator Fish in the Wirz See - Estonia Hey Folks! Can Someone please inform me what species live in Wirz See? We will take a fishing trip there 2015 end of the summer, and it would be good to know for what we have to perepare. In the first row we are interrested in predators and lurefishing, but any usefull inforation would be great! Thanks for Your Help! Best Regards, Andras
131 0 0 No reply
6277
Fish id
Posted on: 18/02/2015 09:05:27

Hi Guys Is this a dottyback and if so any idea which one as I have run out of ideas! Thank You
147 0 1 No reply
6276
Which fish
Posted on: 18/02/2015 08:58:30

Hi Guys Are these fish taken in Egypt Apogon erythrosoma or Parapriacanthus ransonneti or something else!
123 0 1 No reply
6275
Fish Identification
Posted on: 18/02/2015 07:04:41

My step father is an avid fisherman. He was fishing in the North Saskatchewan river through Edmonton, Alberta and he ended up catching this fish. I've looked up a whole bunch and I can't figure out what kind of fish this is. Can anyone help me find out?
144 2 1 It's a Cat...
19/02/2015 20:20:03
By : Pete Liptrot
6274
Identification of Pempheridae fish
Posted on: 17/02/2015 01:44:15

Pempheridae observed in Oman in the Musandam Peninsula (ras Samut) (2014 november) 2 species were observed without resemblance to known species * One, unlike P. schwenkii shows a black band on the fork of the tail fin and light black spot at the base of the pectoral fin * The other is striped and shows slightly black spot on the tips of the caudal fin
147 0 2 No reply
6273
IDENTIFICATION OF FISH
Posted on: 11/02/2015 04:50:27

This fishes were found in the Philippines. Please help me identify their FULL scientific name. I know the these are surgeon fish and a bat fish but I need their whole name. Thank you.
143 1 2 To identify th...
17/02/2015 23:38:39
By : Pete Liptrot
6272
Fish Identification control
Posted on: 11/02/2015 12:51:59

Hello , I am new on this forum please forgive me if my questions are basic. The annexed picture was taken in St Georges GRENADA, beginning of January this year . It seems to me that this Blue Egret has caught a Malacoctenus macropus , What is your advise ? Thanking you in advance for your answers Kind regards Jean-Claude
138 2 1 Many thanks to...
10/06/2015 15:30:28
By : Jean-Claude Jamoulle
6271
Fish Identification
Posted on: 07/02/2015 04:10:10

What kind of fish is this? it was captured in the coast of Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico, at 10 meters deep.
142 1 1 Chaetodipterus...
13/02/2015 01:26:34
By : Pete Liptrot
6270
Fish Identification
Posted on: 07/02/2015 04:02:19

Please help me!!! what kind of fish is this? It was captured in the coast of Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico at 10 meters deep.
141 1 0 This is the fi...
07/02/2015 16:05:34
By : Jessica Villarreal
6269
European fishes
Posted on: 05/02/2015 10:41:49

Hey folks, where can I find the exact number of all european fishes? I found the ´Fishbase for Europe´ but there I have to choose directly a fish species or country, but I need the number of all Fishes in Europe and then all Freshwaterfishes in Europe. Best regards Ekaterina Pikalov
113 0 0 No reply
6268
food types
Posted on: 04/02/2015 04:16:23

the different food items (Food I; incl. ‘others’) found in Brycinus macrolepidotus?
202 0 0 No reply
6267
what is this fish ? validation please
Posted on: 31/01/2015 01:40:09

this Dasyatidae was observed once during scubadiving in Mudandam peninsula in Oman
136 0 0 No reply
6266
what is this fish ? validation please
Posted on: 31/01/2015 01:35:41

look at the page Urogymnus asperrimus in Fishbase the last picture...
212 0 2 No reply
6265
Looking to identify this eel/fish
Posted on: 24/01/2015 05:29:12

A friend of mine, while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta, saw this fish wash ashore. She assumed it had been injured by a boat. She also claimed to see more of these type fish in the surf. Any assistance in identifying this fish will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
214 0 3 No reply
6264
Is this a fish larva?
Posted on: 23/01/2015 01:19:56

If yes - what species? Texas, coast of Gulf of Mexico. June Thanks in advance,, Mark
150 0 1 No reply
6263
which fish? (Hook Island)
Posted on: 15/01/2015 03:50:41

Can anyone help me identify this fish? It was very curious, approaching us just off Hook Island (Whitsundays). About 50cm. I tried to use the key from the Australian Museum, but didn't get anywhere. Thanks :-)
171 2 1 Adult longfin...
15/01/2015 08:54:47
By : Rudy Reyes
6262
Fish identification
Posted on: 14/01/2015 08:13:22

Please help me identify these fish species
170 1 5 Oreochromis sp...
16/01/2015 02:14:52
By : Pete Liptrot
6261
Lutjanus synagris? from Gulf of Mexico
Posted on: 14/01/2015 05:50:31

On the detailed list of fish for the RĂ­a Lagartos Biosphere Reserve on the Yucatan Peninsula's northern coast, the attached fish photo best fits Lutjanus synagris. However, the yellow lines are too many, too irregular, and maybe the anal fin has too many rays. It was caught in an estuary, brackish water from mangroves, about 6 inches long (15cm)
168 3 1 I think I have...
31/03/2015 05:15:10
By : Greg Sheen
6260
Type of snakehead?
Posted on: 12/01/2015 10:11:50

Anyone wanna help me find out what type of snakehead this is?
158 1 1 This is Channa...
12/01/2015 14:00:26
By : Rudy Reyes
6259
Identification
Posted on: 08/01/2015 05:19:35

Could you please help me to identify the spec in my picture. It was in Maldives.
257 1 1 These are youn...
08/01/2015 12:56:29
By : Rudy Reyes


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