confirmed - coralline sculpin, not a sponge


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Posted by scottfiji on November 19, 2004 at 15:00:43:

In Reply to: ID Please ? + imgs posted by onbelaydave on November 17, 2004 at 21:15:54:

It's fun trying to figure out these pictures, isn't it!

As I posted on another board, the fish is a coralline sculpin. There is no sponge on the fish, the coralline sculpin mimics a sponge for camouflage. The small holes that look like osculum are its lateral line pores. Pretty cool, huh!

I also confirmed the id with the collections manager of ichthyology at the Natural History Museum.

Scott


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