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Brotula multibarbata
Bearded Brotula
Brotula multibarbata
Tulamben, Bali

Only a few times I had the chance to observe this night-active and very shy reef fish in the house reef of Tauch Terminal Tulamben.

Bearded brotulas (also called 'Goatsbeard brotulas') are not often seen by divers. Since this species is rarely mentioned in fish books it often causes identification problems.

Dactylopus dactylopus
Fingered Dragonet
Dactylopus dactylopus
Gilimanuk Bay, Bali

The Fingered dragonet (Dactylopus dactylopus) is one of many strange 'critters' animals scuba divers can observe in Gilimanuk (Secret!) Bay in the western part of Bali.

Remarkable are their finger-like first spines of the pectoral fins which enables them to crawl like reptiles. Also funny are their red lips in make-up style: a female? ;-)

Ecsenius bimaculatus
Combtooth Blenny
Ecsenius bimaculatus
Donggala, Sulawesi

The Twin-spot Combtooth blenny (Ecsenius bimaculatus, similar to E. lineatus) differs from other Combtooth blennies through it's charac-
teristic two black spots on the lateral line.

This reef fish normally occurs only between the Philippines and the north-east coast of Malaysia (Borneo). I took this photo on the west coast of Central Sulawesi.

Rhinopias eschmeyeri
Eschmeyer's Scorpionfish
Rhinopias eschmeyeri
Padang Bai, Bali

Rhinopias¹ belong to the family of scorpion-
fishes and are perfectly adapted to their environment (except photo). They look a bit like Leaf scorpionfishes (Taenianotus triacan-
) and do have the same venomous spines on the tip ends of their dorsal fins.

I took the photo in Padang Bai/East Bali where even more species of Rhinopias could have been discovered.

Eucrossorhinus dasypogon
Tassled Wobbegong
Eucrossorhinus dasypogon
Padang Bai, Bali


The Tassled wobbegong (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon) is another remarkable marine creature which shouldn't live that far in western direction.

Wobbegongs are related to the Nurse sharks. They originally live in Australian waters but their distribution range is basically limited to Papua New Guinea and East Indonesia.

However this photo was taken in Padang Bai/
East Bali

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