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Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)


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Posted by Chris on January 28, 2013 at 23:51:36:

This last weekend January 26-27, 2013 I went on a two-day lobster hunting trip aboard the Peace. Although everyone else on the boat was there for bugs, I used about half of my dives to take pictures.

On Saturday we went to the back side of Santa Rosa Island, the water temperature was 53°F, and the visibility was 40-60 feet.   On one dive we were at the deep end of the reef that comes off of East Point.   This is a spot I have often visited on hunting trips, but have very few photos from, so I choose to take my camera.

On a rock just above the sand line at about 95 feet there was a medium sized Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone).   As I got closer a saw a small Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) sitting in the anemone.   I had never seen this before and did not know that there were any local fish that could live in an anemone, so I decided to take some pictures.   I took 65 images, many with the camera and strobes just inches away.   Eventually the fish became annoyed with me and left the anemone and dashed into a nearby crevice.

This particular Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone) seemed to have more than itís share of copepods.   I wonder if the Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) was there to feed on them.

Here are a few of the images I took:

Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)
Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)


Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)
Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)


Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)
Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)


Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)
Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)


Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)
Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)


Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)
Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)


Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)
Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)


Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)
Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)


Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)
Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)


Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)
Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)


Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)
Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)


Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)
Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)


Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)
Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)


Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)
Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)


Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)
Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)


Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)
Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)


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