Let Me ID Your Wrasse!

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  1. mnat

    mnat Well-Known Member

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    Bought a couple of small females and they kind of blended together, forgot which one this is as now it is converting to male:

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    Also this one:
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  3. dbenenh0

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    Anampses neoguinaicus and Halichoeres melanurus?

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  4. ZoaCollector

    ZoaCollector Aquatic Specialist R2R Supporter Gold Sponsors

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    Hunter do you know what fish this is?
    It's listed as Novaculops Halsteadi but it also shows another fish under that name. Not sure what to make of that.

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  5. eatbreakfast

    eatbreakfast Fish Nerd R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Reef Squad Showcase Editor Expert Contributor

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    Cirrhilabrus lunatus.
    Yes, and yes.

    Not Hunter, but can still help. That is a juvenile Novaculops halsteadi. As it transitions, it will lose the red dorsum stripe, it's base color will become more blue, and it will develop a shoulder 'spot'.
     
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  6. evolved

    evolved The Wrasse Guy Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Expert Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member

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    Yes, that's lunatus. The question is, what variant? It could be the Japanese (true lunatus) or the Philippine variant (cf. lunatus) at this point, but I'll venture it's the latter since there was a pretty good supply of them a while back.

    Very likely the same species, but there is a small possibility that it could be isosceles.

    Correct on both.

    Yes, as TJ said, it is halsteadi (juvi). (http://www.fishbase.org/summary/Novaculops-halsteadi.html)
    As it transitions:
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    And eventually leading to:
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  7. dbenenh0

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    Thanks for the ID guys
     
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    How certain are you about this considering the second pictures I posted? Also, since it's in the same complex as C. Solorensis are they not likely to get along?
     
  9. evolved

    evolved The Wrasse Guy Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Expert Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member

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    Not entirely certain but given their recent influx, it's highly probable.
    Compatibility with solorensis could be questionable, yes.
     
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    Thank you as always, I am 99% sure on the cf. lunatus because of when I bought it.
     
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    Hi guys,
    What I thought was an isosceles male, I'm now no longer sure.
    Day 1 pics
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    Day 6
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    The female is a lot darker now as well
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    Any further help with ID on these two much appreciated!

    Cheers
     
  12. eatbreakfast

    eatbreakfast Fish Nerd R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Reef Squad Showcase Editor Expert Contributor

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    Neither is C. isoscoles. The first is a diamondtail flasher, Paracheilinus attenuatus, the second is a female in the rubriventralis complex of fairy wrasse, possibly C. africanus.
     
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    OK same fish, still bad photo quality. Lol. It's not really as important to me as I have removed this fish. The aggression was worsening towards my pintail and that's a no go for me. Gonna be taking this guy back tomorrow. Still looking like a C. rubeus in this shot?
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    Id on the flasher? 20161125_130236.jpg
     
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    P. lineopunctatus?
     
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    Another pic 20161125_131904.jpg 20161125_130236.jpg
     
  17. Maritimer

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    +1 - Looks like Paracheilinus lineopunctatus, the line-spot flasher wrasse. Small, peaceful ... and hoo-boy, can they light it up when they get excited!

    ~Bruce
     
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    Agreed, their displays are exquisite. One of my top fav flashers.
     
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    Yup. P. lineopunctatus. The filaments on the dorsal, but with a rounded caudal fin.
     
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  20. evolved

    evolved The Wrasse Guy Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Expert Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member

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    +1
    But IMO, attenuatus is a better buy than isosceles anyway. :p

    And it's still a "probably", but that picture leaves a lot to be desired! ;)
     
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