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Old 08/14/2018, 09:02 PM   #1
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What fish is this?

I work at a fish store and a shipment of fish came in today which included one of these. This is the first time I ever see this fish and I have no idea what it is. Manager ended up labeling it as ďDolphin SharkĒ for $30.99. I tried googling it but nothing under that name came up. Iíd rather ask you guys than ask my boss to see if I can get more information out of this fish.

I know the pic isnít too good, but itís black and white, with the white having a slight blue hue under certain lighting (kind of like how a white clown would be), long body, has a cleaner wrasse-like tail, hovers around the sand like a dartfish, and it swims like a dottyback or a fang blenny (kind of ďslithersĒ around then has a sudden choppy stop while moving itís fins and tail. Not too good at explaining this I know )

Honestly it looks like a pretty cool fish, if itís reef safe, fish friendly, and doesnít get very big, I may take it for myself.


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Old 08/15/2018, 05:08 AM   #2
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Looks like a juvenile Malacanthus latovittatus. It can grow to about 40cm. Very nice fish!


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Old 08/15/2018, 06:11 AM   #3
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^ I think you hit the nail on the head


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Old 08/15/2018, 06:53 AM   #4
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Thank you, I managed to find it now.

From what I gathered, it usually swims around and also makes a small burrow near rocks, is coral safe, May eat small inverts and maybe small fish, and it gets big like you said. Correct me if I’m wrong on the other stuff.

It’s otherwise a pretty neat fish. If I didn’t have already my zebra barred dartfish,
I’d probably take it.


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Old 08/15/2018, 07:41 AM   #5
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Tilefish, huh? Interesting.

Would be too big for me.


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Old 08/15/2018, 01:06 PM   #6
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Is there a general “what *animal name* is this?” Thread here somewhere? There’s more fish I’d like to ask about. A grouper like fish and some sort of goby, I’ll take a picture of them in a moment


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Old 08/16/2018, 04:29 PM   #7
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Alrighty, what about these?

I know ones a goby, it occasionally takes a mouthful of sand. Acts almost like a
Bullet goby.

The other Iím not entirely convinced if itís a grouper. Has a strange mouth for one but otherwise acts just like a grouper. Sometimes itíll sit down and sometimes itíll just hover around over the sand. Doesnít seem to be very mean, doesnít mess with the blue headed wrasses heís with at least. Takes down silversides soon as it hits the surface.


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Old 08/17/2018, 06:25 AM   #8
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The first one looks like Serranus subligarius, segrest is calling it a belted sandfish. You can pretty much expect it to be laid back and not attack its tank mates, unless it'll fit in its mouth, then you can kiss it goodbye. And the second one looks like Amblygobius linki or a link's goby.


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Old 08/18/2018, 09:34 AM   #9
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The first one looks like Serranus subligarius, segrest is calling it a belted sandfish. You can pretty much expect it to be laid back and not attack its tank mates, unless it'll fit in its mouth, then you can kiss it goodbye. And the second one looks like Amblygobius linki or a link's goby.
Thanks, it was definitely those 2.


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