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Hey @Aidan B, Thanks so much for your help so far! Here is another one. Photo taken in NE Florida, Duval County. The fish was in brackish water in a man made rock Jetty that separates the Atlantic Ocean from the St. John's River in Huguenot Memorial Park. This was in June as the tide receded leaving pools around the rocks where many small fish can sometimes be found. It looks pretty unique so hopefully it will be easy to id.

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15 hours ago, Clip said:

Hey @Aidan B, Thanks so much for your help so far! Here is another one. Photo taken in NE Florida, Duval County. The fish was in brackish water in a man made rock Jetty that separates the Atlantic Ocean from the St. John's River in Huguenot Memorial Park. This was in June as the tide receded leaving pools around the rocks where many small fish can sometimes be found. It looks pretty unique so hopefully it will be easy to id.

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I've looked at this lots during today, and have done a couple hours worth of research, and have come to the conclusion that I have absolutely no idea what this is. I can't even figure out what general group of fish this belongs to. It's probably going to have to be left as unidentifiable. One of the Cusk-eels is my best guess, but that's almost certainly wrong. Maybe something like this.

https://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/caribbean/en/thefishes/species/3105

 

I did enjoy the challenge though! Keep them coming! 

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7 hours ago, Aidan B said:

I've looked at this lots during today, and have done a couple hours worth of research, and have come to the conclusion that I have absolutely no idea what this is. I can't even figure out what general group of fish this belongs to. It's probably going to have to be left as unidentifiable. One of the Cusk-eels is my best guess, but that's almost certainly wrong. Maybe something like this.

https://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/caribbean/en/thefishes/species/3105

 

I did enjoy the challenge though! Keep them coming! 

Oh my I'm so sorry you spent so much time on this! I'm glad you enjoyed the challenge but I feel terrible you went to so much trouble. Thank you! If you mean it I do have more. But, I do not want to impose.

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7 minutes ago, Clip said:

@Aidan BOkay here is another one. Found near the same jetty as the one before this but in August 2020. So NE Florida brackish water. I'm afraid this one was dead but it looked to not have been dead long.

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That one's a lot easier! It's certainly a Blenny, most likely a Crested Blenny, though I'm not 100% sure I can rule out Feather Blenny. 

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@Aidan BLet me know if you get tired of these. Here is another fish, this one is from South Florida-Miami-Dade I think could be Monroe County. Summer 2021 I'm pretty sure both photos are the same fish I just thought the different angle might help with id.

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4 hours ago, Clip said:

@Aidan BLet me know if you get tired of these. Here is another fish, this one is from South Florida-Miami-Dade I think could be Monroe County. Summer 2021 I'm pretty sure both photos are the same fish I just thought the different angle might help with id.

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Not getting tired at all!

That's the easiest one yet, it's a Butterfly Peacock Bass. It's a pretty popular game fish down in South Florida. 

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@Aidan Bposted this one in "your best photo of a bird species" topic today and thought I wonder if Aidan can id the fish. Photo was taken in January 2019 at Huguenot Memorial Park in NE Florida. This is the same general area as the Blenny. The water would be brackish again as the park has ocean in front and river on one side and ocean lagoon on the other side. It looks pretty nondescript. I'm not sure if that is good or bad for id purposes.

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1 hour ago, Clip said:

@Aidan Bposted this one in "your best photo of a bird species" topic today and thought I wonder if Aidan can id the fish. Photo was taken in January 2019 at Huguenot Memorial Park in NE Florida. This is the same general area as the Blenny. The water would be brackish again as the park has ocean in front and river on one side and ocean lagoon on the other side. It looks pretty nondescript. I'm not sure if that is good or bad for id purposes.

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I think it’s a Mullet. Aidan can probably tell you the exact species 

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3 hours ago, Clip said:

@Aidan Bposted this one in "your best photo of a bird species" topic today and thought I wonder if Aidan can id the fish. Photo was taken in January 2019 at Huguenot Memorial Park in NE Florida. This is the same general area as the Blenny. The water would be brackish again as the park has ocean in front and river on one side and ocean lagoon on the other side. It looks pretty nondescript. I'm not sure if that is good or bad for id purposes.

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Yeah, it's a Mullet, a Striped Mullet to be exact. 

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This was an interesting "standoff" between an Acorn Woodpecker and a Rock Squirrel in Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson.  The squirrel actually lost as it went down the pole just in front of it.  The woodpecker held its ground.

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12 hours ago, smskelton said:

This was an interesting "standoff" between an Acorn Woodpecker and a Rock Squirrel in Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson.  The squirrel actually lost as it went down the pole just in front of it.  The woodpecker held its ground.

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I don't blame it.  I don't think a squirrel can do much against a wood peaking beak

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3 hours ago, Kevin said:

Something I see entirely too often.

I understand they are very environmentally destructive. I know some places in Florida the State hires people to hunt them.

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13 hours ago, Clip said:

@Aidan BCan you tell what type fish this is? Taken yesterday about mid- peninsula east coast, Florida.

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Interesting fish! It's either a Round or Mackerel Scad. Location wise, it's likely to be a Round Scad, which is the inshore species. However, it looks a lot more like a Mackerel Scad, which is a pelagic species. Did the booby catch it right there in front of you, or did it catch it somewhere else? If it was elsewhere, it's probably a Mackerel Scad.  

 

Round Scad

https://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/caribbean/en/pages/random/2269

 

Mackerel Scad

https://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/caribbean/en/pages/random/13665

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