Mystery Fish ID?

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by treylane, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Thales

    Thales Past President

    Sure. It will be on display in a month or so!
  2. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Not Matt and not speaking for him, but...

    Yes it is.

    Not much info on the fish.

    also see "Basslets - Hamlets and their relatives" by Kuiter - pg 137
    "World Atlas of Marine Fishes" by Kuiter & Debelius - page 311
  3. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    sweeet! keep us updated.
  4. Lyn

    Lyn Guest

    Yes, totally neat looking!

    Matt, what function/purpose do you think that flattened head serves? Does it live under rocks perhaps?

    I'm so glad it will be available for many people to see and enjoy. :)
  5. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    Matt is pretty easy to distract at work - look at the pretty fish, then I can sneak folks in for a tour : )

    The last couple of sf tank tours did have a behind the scenes there as well. pics are here from tour early in 2009---its a long thread so pics are at the end. unless you want to read how we do tours and such.
  6. Matt_Wandell

    Matt_Wandell Honorary Member

    GREAT question. I have no idea, but hopefully will get some more info on it. We know that they hide deep in crevices and caves of the reef, so maybe it is an adaptation to allow it to squeeze through tight openings? Just a guess. I'll ask McCosker when I get back to work--that kind of question is what he knows best.
  7. Matt_Wandell

    Matt_Wandell Honorary Member

    Yup those photos (of a pair no less!) are, as far as I can tell, the only photos that exist of live individuals of this species, at least that people are sharing with the world in publications. This thread already has more live photos of it than you can easily find! I'd love to hear more stories of anybody who has ever kept one. A search on RC for "Rainfordia" lands one hit, and it's just a passing mention of it.
  8. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Was the wrasse named after him or is just a coincidence?
  9. Matt_Wandell

    Matt_Wandell Honorary Member

    John McCosker has several fish named after him, including the wrasse. Hydrolagus mccoskeri is a ratfish that was the most recent fishie named after him. :)
  10. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Tell him I just had one of his wrasses jump the tank in less than an hour of being in it!
  11. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Cool. I didn't know if his name was like Watanabe and fairly common amongst Ichthyologists :)
  12. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    and I too had one that lasted a couple days longer (before I was able to get any screen up)
  13. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    John better straighten out his wrasses from the sounds of things :D
  14. LordHelmet

    LordHelmet Supporting Member

    is he giving refunds on defective fish?
  15. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    I'm guessing rainfordia opercularis (from Australia) but you should check with Gresham or Matt_Wandell
    Those guys would know. :bigsmile:
  16. Matt_Wandell

    Matt_Wandell Honorary Member

    I don't think so. Weird story, when I was bartending I took somebody's CC and his last name was Helfrich. I thought..."nah", but just had to ask. It turned out his uncle was THE Phil Helfrich. I guess it's a pretty uncommon name. :D
  17. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Cool story Matt :)

    Ever here the supposed story behind Pseudochromis Steenei? They say the facial expression of the fish matches Roger Steene's :)

    I don't see it though:


  18. treylane

    treylane Supporting Member

    Any updates on how this guy's doing? Wandered through Steinhart yesterday (the place is looking awesome, btw! :) ) and didn't see the stripey fish.

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