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Acanthocepola krusensternii

(Temminck & Schlegel, 1845)


Tine Kinn Kvamme I´ve only seen this strange fish once. It was a fun meeting. Redspotted bandfish (Acanthocepola krusensternii) Koh Tao, Thailand.

Gerardo Aizpuru Great find :)

Alan Duncan Wow..!! I've NEVER seen that around here. Can you remember what site it was at?

Tine Kinn Kvamme Alan. Southwest pinnacles :) I filmed a short clip of it as well. In the beguinning it swam backwards and then right into my camera. Have a look here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY_tt445ol4

Alan Duncan That's really amazing Tine Kinn Kvamme. I thought i'd seen just about every fish species in this area, but i've never even seen a photo of this until today... Thanks for sharing it :-)

Tine Kinn Kvamme My pleasure Alan. Actually I think Thais are familiar with this fish.

Alan Duncan Yeah, they know most of the things they eat! Was this down on the sand at SW Pinnacles or shallower? I can see divers near the surface so it doesn't look very deep.

Tine Kinn Kvamme I was probably way out of its territory. I suspect the wound on the side is part of that reason. If you have seen most species in this area, I might have a treat for you. I´ll post a photo of it in a minute. I´ve only seen that one once while diving as well.

Alan Duncan Yeah, i thought that looked like a wound on its side. Looking forward to the treat...

Tine Kinn Kvamme Posted it already :)

Message posted on UWphotographers on 22 Jun 2013
Taxonomy
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Chordata (Phylum)
    Vertebrata (Subphylum)
      Gnathostomata (Superclass)
        Pisces (Superclass)
          Actinopterygii (Class)
            Perciformes (Order)
              Cepolidae (Family)
                Acanthocepola (Genus)
                  Acanthocepola krusensternii (Species)
Associated Species