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Subject: Re: fish spots
From: Andy Horton <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 1 Feb 2001 10:34:48 -0500

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Message text written by Scientific forum on fish and fisheries
>>Date:    Wed, 31 Jan 2001 11:28:36 -0600
>From:    "Noltie, Douglas B." <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: fish spots
>Folks:  An interesting question was recently asked me by a student:  some
>fish have large 'eye spots' on their tails (e.g., bowfin, some reef
>red drum, oscars) - how common is the caudal fin eye spot (i.e., what
>species exhibit this), and in what species does the size/color/presence of
>the eye spot differ among individuals (between the sexes, between the
>sizes/ages, as a function of season, with dominance/subordinance)?  A good
>question, for which I don't have a ready answer.  Your thoughts?  Doug
>Noltie, U. Missouri.<

In the European marine fish, Symphodus melops (=Crenilabrus), the ocellated
spots are obscured when the Corkwing Wrasse is asleep.  
for photographs. 


Andy Horton
British Marine Life Study Society (formed 6 June 1990)
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Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Smart Group (commenced 1
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