The Groupers Cousin

Date September 1, 2008

This is a video of one of the fishes I came across whilst guiding and Hantu over this weekend. This my first record of this fish and the first time I’ve noticed it. Unable to identify it, I sent a link of the following video to Kelvin Lim, Curator of Fishes at the Biodiversity Museum. The following is his reply:

Thanks for the movie!  The fish you have there looks like a Brownback Dottyback (Pseudochromis ransonnetti). It’s a skulking, boisterous little cousin of the grouper, and is rarely seen on dives.

Don’t know if you’d mind if I post this record on the records section of the museum’s website ‘Nature in Singapore’.

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