Sunday, January 21, 2007

These two ghostpipefish, perhaps Robust or Rough-snout, proved rather difficult to focus on and photograph together. At first, I thought the larger individual was covered with algae or hydroids, but the closeup photos show a distinct pattern of 'skin flaps' all along its body. The smaller has only a few of these skin flaps on the underside of his (the male is usually smaller) snout.

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