All photos were taken using a microscope camera with the specimen in seawater to preserve color and pigments.
P.S. Our cruise is almost over, with the current plan putting us into Key West on Friday morning. This is the last night shift!
|Lionfish (Pterois volitans). Lionfish are an invasive species in the Atlantic and have no natural|
enemies in this region. They also have poisonous spines and a voracious appetite for
native reef fish.
|Sargassum fish (Histrio histrio). Sargassum fish are in the frogfish|
family, and have a lot of appendages that help them blend
in with the sargassum they live in.
|Ribbonfish (family Trachipteridae). Ribbonfish are deep-dwelling fish that come up closer to the surface at night. They have a really large dorsal fin and a very small mouth. As adults, they have a skinny, elongated body.|
|Fish eggs. In the left photo you can see the embryo's eyes at the bottom right corner; this egg was still alive when this photo was taken. In the right image, the dark bands in both eggs are the growing fish.|
|Lizardfish (family Synodontidae). Lizardfish are common|
on reefs and live on preferably sandy bottoms. As
adults, their coloration helps them blend into the
|Barracudina (family Paralepididae). Barracudinas are deep-|
dwelling fish that come up near the surface at night
to feed on plankton. Despite the name they are not closely
related to barracudas.
|Slender Sunfish (Ranzania laevis). This fish is a type of mola, a specialized fish that lacks a|
typical fish shape. They are typically oceanic and grow up to 1 meter in length.
|Swordfish (Xiphias gladius). Swordfish are highly migratory game fish. By adulthood, their bill extends only from the upper jaw and probably use it to slash prey to make it easier to swallow. They are one of the fastest fish in the oceans.|
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