Rathbunella hypoplecta : Stripefin Ronquil aka Smooth Ronquil


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Posted by Chris on June 21, 2004 at 22:59:53:

I took these pictures of stripefin ronquils on the bow of the Palawan last Saturday, June 17, 2004. The books I have do not have very good descriptions of these species, and it seems not that much is known. The males protect the eggs and they feed on small invertebrates. Some books call these smooth ronquils, but the Peterson Field Guide says that the stripefin ronquil and smooth ronquil are the same species, others are not so sure and say there may be undocumented species in this group.
The Palwan is a wreck on the North side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The depth most of these pictures were taken at was about 100 ft.


stripefin ronquil, aka smooth ronquil (Rathbunella hypoplecta)

stripefin ronquil, aka smooth ronquil (Rathbunella hypoplecta)

stripefin ronquil, aka smooth ronquil (Rathbunella hypoplecta)

stripefin ronquil, aka smooth ronquil (Rathbunella hypoplecta)

stripefin ronquil, aka smooth ronquil (Rathbunella hypoplecta)

stripefin ronquil, aka smooth ronquil (Rathbunella hypoplecta)

stripefin ronquil, aka smooth ronquil (Rathbunella hypoplecta)

stripefin ronquil, aka smooth ronquil (Rathbunella hypoplecta)

stripefin ronquil, aka smooth ronquil (Rathbunella hypoplecta)


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