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Clown Sand Wrasse

Clown Sand Wrasse
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Copyright: Peter Bergquist (Pedda) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-23
Categories: Fish
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor Micro 60mm
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater World, Underwater Wonder World 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-25 11:55
Viewed: 10410
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a 6-7 cm long juvenile of Clown Sand Wrasse (Coris aygula). The fish can grow up to at least 60 cm and you’ll find it between 5-40 m depth where it lives on weedy rubble and sandy areas adjacent to coral reefs. The adult male can be distinguished by a hump on the forehead and a ragged hind margin of the cudal fin. Adult females have bicolour pattern with spots on head and fins. Juveniles have two red and black “eye-spots” on a white body. The one on the picture already have the female spots on the head.

The Clown Sand Wrasse often turns over rocks in search of its usual prey of shelled molluscs, crabs, hermit crabs and sea urchins.

Coris aygula belong to the Labridae family. It’s a large family of at least 60 genera and 500 species. They are among the most numerous inhabitants of all coral reefs. Colour, size and body form are in many cases so variable that it’s almost impossible to believe that they are related. Some dwarf species are only a few cm long while others attain lengths of more than two meters.

Every wrasse found in the Red Sea is a protogynous hermaphrodite, which means that most males initially develop as a fully functional femal.

The photo is taken on 10 meters depth at a dive site called Fanadir lagoon. I’ve used external flash. It’s converted with C1, cropped and resized with PS.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-10-25 12:18]

Wow! Cant write others words. Good DOF perhaps. A very sharp one too. A very well done composition. Interesting note too. Finally, I wrote some words. TFS Peter.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-10-25 12:37]

Just Brilliant. Magic colours with good focus and very good notes

Lovely, Lovely, Lovely shot. Great picture make a wonderful desktop. Thanks Demetrio

Peter, this is fantastic. No critique can be given to this shot. Great note. True TN stuff.

WOW this is really a great shot Peter. Excellent sharpness and lot of details. Absolutely amazing colours in that fish. Very good work.

Peter, Eye catching color well seen with great details. Always appreciate your posts from the underwater world you visit. I'd shoot some of my tropical fish in their tank but somehow I don't think it would be the same! ;-)))

Mycket snyggt Peter.
Great colours , good sharpness with good details.
Good note too.
Bra gjort.
Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-26 14:28]

Excellent work Peter, it's a beauty and the note is very good too. It's a shot to be proud of. Well done.

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  • cecile Silver Star Critiquer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 7] (1060)
  • [2004-10-27 16:41]

belle netteté, bravo surtout si l'on considère l'ouverture!!!

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-02-09 6:30]

Hi, Peter.
I really like this photo.
Good work, congratulation.
Well done.

Great photo. Do you mind if i ask for some info in the future on external flash?

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