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Fish Identification in Zihuatanejo Bay

by juanrojo @, Wednesday, August 08, 2018, 00:35 (9 days ago)
edited by juanrojo, Wednesday, August 08, 2018, 01:04

With great pleasure and pride I have been providing underwater photos of Zihuatanejo Bay reef fish to a wonderful scientific online resource called, Mexico – Fish, Marine Life, Birds and Terrestrial Life.

The website is devoted to the study and better understanding of just what the title says, Mexico – Fish, Marine Life, Birds and Terrestrial Life

Photos and species information from Mexico — by John Snow

I am happy to say that John Snow has included many of my wife's and my photos and captures of the great variety of species in Zihuatanejo Bay. John is based in California and also along the sea of Cortez and fishes and collects samples manually for biology students and academics in California research institutes. He has a network of pleasure fishermen in many places and the commercial fishermen in Baja who provide photos and samples and then snorkel and dive enthusiasts on both sides of Mexico but with a Baja base and so a Baja speciality. He also has a network of scientists and other experts to aid in identifications and known territories and more.

Home Page link https://www.mexican-fish.com/

Our own practices are no touch, no feed, collect garbage and leave only bubbles.

We got out to Isla Ixtapa a few times this year and the first two very cool species were only encountered there, otherwise all other photos were taken at both ends of La Ropa beach, along La Ropa and the south shore and out to and including Las Gatas. This represents one half to one third of Zihuatnejo Bay and possibly only one quarter from outer point to outer point.

I post here and many places with the screen name JuanRojo. I post on Facebook with the twisted, borachito, version of this screen name, Ron Woheau. You can do a simple Google image search using just the unique name, Woheau, to access the website through the backdoor method of VIEW WEBSITE. In this way you can see a Zihua fish you would like to learn about from it's photo even if you don't know the name.


Isla Ixtapa's Barred Filefish


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https://www.mexican-fish.com/barred-filefish/

Isla Ixtapa's Black Durgon

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https://www.mexican-fish.com/black-durgon/

All other photos are from Zihuatanejo Bay

Apparently there are many types and sizes of Blennies. These two are very small tube dwelling Blennies. There are multiple Zihua photos on the links for all blennies and multiple wrasse photos showing drastic changes by stage and gender.

BarnacleBill Blenny

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https://www.mexican-fish.com/barnaclebill-blenny/


Mexican Barnacle Blenny


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https://www.mexican-fish.com/mexican-barnacle-blenny/

A larger Throat Spotted Blenny

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https://www.mexican-fish.com/throatspotted-blenny/

There are many types and stages of wrasses, including the Cortez Rainbow Wrasse.

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https://www.mexican-fish.com/wp-content/uploads/F109-Cortez-Rainbow-Wrasse-10-570x314.jpg

The Wounded Wrasse

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https://www.mexican-fish.com/wounded-wrasse/

Blunthead Triggerfish

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https://www.mexican-fish.com/blunthead-triggerfish/

Jewel Moray in a field of red Anemones

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https://www.mexican-fish.com/jewel-moray/

White Spotted Anemones, not previously thought to be this far south


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Another with a small hermit crab

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https://www.mexican-fish.com/white-spotted-rose-anemone/

And finally a Pacific Seahorse, the only type in the Pacific.

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https://www.mexican-fish.com/pacific-seahorse/

There are many more species to see, using that Woheau Google image search including, Spotted Boxfish and many others that have named tabs across the top of the image screen.

Rob has very kindly provided imbedded Youtube videos on his activity page as well. Gracias

http://www.zihuatanejo.net/activities.html

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Fish Identification in Zihuatanejo Bay

by Sandy feet, Seattle, Wednesday, August 08, 2018, 00:39 (9 days ago) @ juanrojo

WOW .... thanks for sharing.

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Fish Identification in Zihuatanejo Bay

by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Wednesday, August 08, 2018, 09:21 (9 days ago) @ juanrojo

I assume you are using scuba gear to get so close and remain steady. What camera/cameras are you using? The pics are fantastic!

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Fish Identification in Zihuatanejo Bay

by juanrojo @, Wednesday, August 08, 2018, 10:23 (9 days ago) @ mexicoman

We just use snorkel gear. I have used some devices that act as tripods on uneven surfaces to video near subjects in the hope that they will come my way. Most photos are with a couple of Olympus TG series cameras. The little blennies pop and bounce at each other but are fairly stationary to focus on by hand. It's an everyday hobby in the winter with many more misses than hits but so much to see and learn and enjoy.

We had blown right by the tiny blennies for years but now know to really look hard at surfaces.

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Fish Identification in Zihuatanejo Bay

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, August 08, 2018, 09:54 (9 days ago) @ juanrojo

I am always left spellbound by your amazing photos and videos that capture our local marine flora and fauna like no one else has ever done that I'm aware of. I've used John Snow's website as a reference for years. He's done an impressive job with it.

Thanks again for your invaluable contribution, JuanRojo. Very nice!

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Fish Identification in Zihuatanejo Bay

by juanrojo @, Wednesday, August 08, 2018, 10:34 (9 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Thanks Rob. I've been able to stretch the fun through the videos and the identification efforts. There are many more fish to be confirmed and a few species so similar that they can't be identified through photos.

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Fish Identification in Zihuatanejo Bay

by hromero ⌂ @, Wednesday, August 08, 2018, 14:14 (9 days ago) @ juanrojo

Simply amazing! Thank you so much for sharing these photos.

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www.casaarcoiriszihuatanejo.com

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Fish Identification in Zihuatanejo Bay

by Talley Ho @, Wednesday, August 08, 2018, 14:34 (9 days ago) @ juanrojo

You two outdid yourselves again! Thanks for sharing.

Get that grandchild born and get down here......