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Help with Fish ID #202352
10/04/06 11:45 AM
10/04/06 11:45 AM
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Any fish experts out there?

Its driving me nuts that I don't know what kind of eel this is. They are just over a foot long, smokey black all over with their fins outlined in white. They also have the nasal tubes. Very pretty and seem a little slimmer than the juvenile green morays. I can't find any reference to them anywhere.

Re: Help with Fish ID #202353
10/04/06 12:11 PM
10/04/06 12:11 PM
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Not a fish expert by any stretch of the imagination, but could it be a Conger?
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Re: Help with Fish ID #202354
10/04/06 12:30 PM
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I think conger eels have pectoral fins and don't have the nose tubes.

It kind of looks like a purplemouth moray but not as mottled and has a brilliant white edge on its fin, not black.

Re: Help with Fish ID #202355
10/04/06 12:44 PM
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Have you tried this site?

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Re: Help with Fish ID #202356
10/04/06 01:05 PM
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I have checked fishbase before but just checked it again and was able to skim around the scientific jargon. I think they probably are very young purplemouth morays which is why they don't look exactly like any of the photos.
Fishbase is the only place that mention it could be white outlines and not just black. Thanks Hon!
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Re: Help with Fish ID #202357
10/06/06 12:56 PM
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Try the Underwater Brain Trust

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Re: Help with Fish ID #202358
10/06/06 04:03 PM
10/06/06 04:03 PM
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There are also some great purplemouth moray pictures here
Deep Sea Images - Purplemouth Moray

Re: Help with Fish ID #202359
10/06/06 04:10 PM
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Thanks for the links. My eels don't resemble the Purplemouths at Deep Sea Images but the written description from Fishbase seems to match up. If this weather ever clears up maybe I'll go for a snorkel and see if I can get a picture of 'em.

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