Dichromatic Jawfish Species - Opistognathus gilberti

Dichromatic Jawfish Species - Opistognathus gilberti

Postby mpedersen » Fri Apr 06, 2007 1:28 am

I finally put 2 and 2 together...was looking through my 2nd edition Burgess Marine Atlas (the big blue book) on page 496, and there it is, 2 jawfish labled with exactly the same name yet looking nothing alike.

Well turns out this tiny jawfish species from the Carribean happens to be dichromatic, top pictured fish is MALE and the bottom is FEMALE! A better description of the color differences for those unaware or unable to see the pictures is here on fishbase - http://filaman.ifm-geomar.de/Summary/Sp ... p?id=16444

Man, looks like the Pearly's have to go in favor of the "Dwarf Yellow Jawfish" (max length purportedly 5-6.4 CM!)

FWIW,

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Postby Jens Kallmeyer » Mon May 07, 2007 4:10 am

HI Matt

Have you ever seen the gilberti in the trade? I never came across that species.

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Postby KathyL » Mon May 07, 2007 8:21 am

What? You are going to let Martin's fish go? :shock:
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Postby mpedersen » Mon May 07, 2007 11:01 am

LOL, I think I posted that before I had purchased the jawfish that Martin raised. But yeah, I think if I could find this dichromatic species, especially given it's really small size, it may be worth a shot...you know me, always thinking & scheming how I can squeeze in just one more pair of fish :)

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Postby spk » Mon May 07, 2007 12:11 pm

Matt,

We need to change your handle or nickname to "shoehorn". It is amazing how many fish you can cram into such a small space.

Steve

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