Name this fish…

by | Nov 6, 2011 | Contest, Fish | 5 comments

…and win a pair of captive-bred anemonefish (A. ocellaris) from the Long Island Aquarium.   The first person to provide the correct answer (genus and species) gets it.  The prize can be picked up at the Manhattan Reef Swap on December 4th.  ID and information on biogeography will be provided in a subsequent post.

  • Todd Gardner

    Todd Gardner is a professor of Aquaculture and Marine Biology at Carteret Community College in Morehead City, North Carolina where he oversees a partnership between the college and The Biota Group, a world leader in sustainably cultured marine life. Todd's life and career have been shaped by his passion for ocean life and he has written numerous scientific and popular articles about his research and experiences collecting, keeping, and culturing marine organisms. Todd’s professional background includes work on a National Geographic documentary, commercial aquaculture at C-quest Hatchery in Puerto Rico, and an 11-year term at the Long Island Aquarium where he spent much of his time developing techniques for rearing marine fish larvae. To date he has raised more than 50 species. In 2013 Todd received the prestigious Aquarist of the Year Award from the Marine Aquarium Society of North America (MASNA). In his spare time, Todd dives, photographs marine life, runs marathons, and makes music.

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  1. guri

    Banded Jawfish Opistognathus macrognathus

  2. jeffho13

    Trachinocephalus myops, Snakefish or bluespotted Lizard fish

  3. Todd Gardner

    Trachinocephalus myops is it. I wasn’t expecting anyone to get it so fast, mainly because it’s virtually unheard of in the trade, and locally, it is so much less common than the similar inshore lizardfish, Synodus foetens. Also, I figured because of its stance in the photo, that people might think it was some kind of jawfish. Anyway, good job! Let me know if you’ll be at the Manhattan Reef Swap to collect your prize.

  4. jeffho13

    Thanks! I remember seeing this fish in one of Scott Michaels reef fish books and thinking that it was a weird looking lizardfish, almost like a stargazer or weaver fish. Anyhow, unfortunately I’m a San Diegan, so I wouldn’t be able to collect on the prize.

  5. Todd Gardner

    Well, if you know anyone in the Manhattan reef club you’d like to pass the prize along to… Unfortunately, I don’t have the budget to FedEx them. Anyway, good job on the ID. I’m about to post more info on the species.


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