Pipefish @ hotspot Normanville SA (old l-r scan) dsm ci213809
Several pipefish experts have told me they think this is a Port Philip Pipefish,or other Vanacampus species,but at least one such expert (entirely appropriately,as this old slide film image is slightly unsharp even at higher resolution,effectively making a firm ID impossible in absence of a collected specimen to accompany it)…
…has qualified his response with ‘please take sharper and more side-on images so we can do accurate dorsal fin ray counts,body ring counts,etc’..
I’ve been using digital camera since shortly after the above image was taken,but so far,at this particular dive site ie ‘hotspot’ Normanville,I’ve not found another pipefish exactly matching this one.So I’m still in the dark re definitive ID.
However,the (barely discernible,admittedly,but they are real) dermal flaps present on the pipefish above do make me wonder if,just maybe,it’s a Tiger Pipefish Filicampus tigris,subadult or juvenile….??
The best Syngnathid ID tomes at my disposal never mention dermal appendages/flaps wrt V.phillipi,as I recall.
But I’ll need better images to resolve this conundrum….wish me luck!
Source: via David Muirhead on Oceandiscover