Cancun reef : Two dives just in front of the “Zona Hotelera”.
Ikelite D800 housing plus a DS161 strobe. WB & Sharpening adjustments as a must. Minor over saturation tweaks.
Nice fishes like :
Honeycomb trunkfish – Lactophrys polygonia Members of this family occur in a variety of different colors, and are notable for the hexagonal or “honeycomb” patterns on their skin. They swim in a rowing manner. Their hexagonal plate-like scales are fused together into a solid, triangular, box-like carapace, from which the fins, tail, eyes and mouth protrude. Because of these heavy armoured scales, Ostraciidae are limited to slow movements, but few other fish are able to eat the adults. Ostraciidae of the Genus Lactophrys also secrete poisons from their skin into the surrounding water, further protecting them from predation. Although the adults are in general quite square in shape, young Ostraciidae are more rounded. The young often exhibit brighter colors than the adult. (Wikipedia)
Snapper – Fam.Lutjanidae : Snappers are a family of perciformfish, Lutjanidae, mainly marine, but with some members inhabiting estuaries, feeding in freshwater. Some are important food fish. One of the best known is the red snapper. Snappers inhabit tropical and subtropical regions of all oceans. They can grow to about 1 m (3.3 ft) in length. Most feed on crustaceans or other fish, though a few are plankton-feeders. They can be kept in aquaria, but mostly grow too fast to be popular aquarium fish. They live at depths reaching 450 m (1,480 ft). About 100 species are currently recognized, divided into about 16 genera. A large number of species have “snapper” in their common names; most but not all are Lutjanidae. Nearly all of the 60 or so species in genus Lutjanus have common names that include the word “snapper”.(Wikipedia)
Angelfish – Fam.Pomacanthidae : Marine angelfish are perciformfish of the family Pomacanthidae. They are found on shallow reefs in the tropical Atlantic, Indian, and mostly western Pacific oceans. The family contains seven genera and approximately 86 species. They should not be confused with the freshwater angelfish, tropical cichlids of the Amazon Basin. With their bright colours and deep, laterally compressed bodies, marine angelfishes are some of the more conspicuous residents of the reef. They most closely resemble the butterflyfishes, a related family of similarly showy reef fish. Marine angelfish are distinguished from butterflyfish by the presence of strong preopercle spines (part of the gill covers) in the former. This feature also explains the family name Pomacanthidae; from the Greekpoma meaning “cover” and akanthameaning “thorn”.(Wikipedia)
Moray eel – Fam.Muraenidae : Moray eels are cosmopolitaneels of the familyMuraenidae. The approximately 200 species in 15 genera are almost exclusively marine, but several species are regularly seen in brackish water, and a few, for example the freshwater moray(Gymnothorax polyuranodon), can sometimes be found in freshwater. With a maximum length of 11.5 cm (4.5 in), the smallest moray is likely the Snyder’s moray (Anarchias leucurus), while the longest species, the slender giant moray (Strophidon sathete) reaches up to 4 m (13 ft). The largest in terms of total mass is the giant moray (Gymnothorax javanicus), which reaches 3 m (9.8 ft) in length and 30 kg (66 lb) in weight.(Wikipedia)
Hogfish – Lachnolaimus maximus – The hogfish is a sequential hermaphrodite, which means it changes sex during different life stages. The hogfish is a protogynous, “first female” hermaphrodite: juvenile hogfish start out as female and then mature to become male. The change usually occurs around 3 years of age and about 14 inches in length.
So far no name for the funny grunt fish standing on 4 legs/fins. Any hints welcomed…