Caye Caulker Canoeing

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Caye Caulker Canoeing
<p>Hi from Belize!</p> <p>Josh and I had an awesome day fishing out in a canoe today, paddling around Caye Caulker! I caught three puffers and would love any advice on ID..</p> <p>#1 Banded Puffer (fairly certain)</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/1059_10102475803940990_1733159085_n.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 600px; " /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>#2 Checkered Puffer (also fairly certain)</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/23875_10102475814914000_998727047_n.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 600px; " /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>#3 Another checkered puffer?? I think it might be but it looks like it could be something different. Please chime in if you recognize this fella:</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://sphotos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/560532_10102475820872060_285673744_n.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 600px; " /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I know there are several other puffer species in Belize but I&#39;m having trouble finding photos online. Here&#39;s the other species that are around:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; "> <tbody> <tr height="20" style="height: 15pt; "> <td class="xl27" colspan="2" height="20" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); height: 15pt; "> <b>Tetraodontidae</b></td> <td class="xl24" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); width: 215pt; " width="286"> &nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr height="21" style="height: 15.75pt; "> <td class="xl28" height="21" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); height: 15.75pt; "> &nbsp;</td> <td class="xl31" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); width: 161pt; " width="253"> <a href="http://www.fishbase.org/Country/CountrySpeciesSummary.cfm?Country=Belize&amp;Genus=Canthigaster&amp;Species=rostrata" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(102, 51, 153); " target="_blank"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; ">Canthigaster&nbsp;rostrata</span></a></td> <td class="xl24" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); width: 215pt; " width="286"> Sharpnose puffer</td> </tr> <tr height="21" style="height: 15.75pt; "> <td class="xl29" height="21" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); height: 15.75pt; "> &nbsp;</td> <td class="xl31" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); width: 161pt; " width="253"> <a href="http://www.fishbase.org/Country/CountrySpeciesSummary.cfm?Country=Belize&amp;Genus=Lagocephalus&amp;Species=laevigatus" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(102, 51, 153); " target="_blank"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; ">Lagocephalus&nbsp;laevigatus</span></a></td> <td class="xl24" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); width: 215pt; " width="286"> Smooth puffer</td> </tr> <tr height="21" style="height: 15.75pt; "> <td class="xl29" height="21" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); height: 15.75pt; "> &nbsp;</td> <td class="xl31" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); width: 161pt; " width="253"> <a href="http://www.fishbase.org/Country/CountrySpeciesSummary.cfm?Country=Belize&amp;Genus=Sphoeroides&amp;Species=nephelus" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(102, 51, 153); " target="_blank"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; ">Sphoeroides&nbsp;nephelus</span></a></td> <td class="xl24" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); width: 215pt; " width="286"> Southern puffer</td> </tr> <tr height="21" style="height: 15.75pt; "> <td class="xl29" height="21" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); height: 15.75pt; "> &nbsp;</td> <td class="xl31" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); width: 161pt; " width="253"> <a href="http://www.fishbase.org/Country/CountrySpeciesSummary.cfm?Country=Belize&amp;Genus=Sphoeroides&amp;Species=spengleri" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(102, 51, 153); " target="_blank"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; ">Sphoeroides&nbsp;spengleri</span></a></td> <td class="xl24" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); width: 215pt; " width="286"> Bandtail puffer</td> </tr> <tr height="21" style="height: 15.75pt; "> <td class="xl29" height="21" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); height: 15.75pt; "> &nbsp;</td> <td class="xl31" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); width: 161pt; " width="253"> <a href="http://www.fishbase.org/Country/CountrySpeciesSummary.cfm?Country=Belize&amp;Genus=Sphoeroides&amp;Species=testudineus" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(102, 51, 153); " target="_blank"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; ">Sphoeroides&nbsp;testudineus</span></a></td> <td class="xl24" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); width: 215pt; " width="286"> Checkered puffer</td> </tr> <tr height="21" style="height: 15.75pt; "> <td class="xl29" height="21" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); height: 15.75pt; "> &nbsp;</td> <td class="xl31" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); width: 161pt; " width="253"> <a href="http://www.fishbase.org/Country/CountrySpeciesSummary.cfm?Country=Belize&amp;Genus=Sphoeroides&amp;Species=yergeri" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(102, 51, 153); " target="_blank"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; ">Sphoeroides&nbsp;yergeri</span></a></td> <td class="xl24" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); width: 215pt; " width="286"> Speckled puffer</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Any thoughts? Anyway, here&#39;s some more photos from our outing today:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Shortnose Batfish</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://sphotos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/541221_10102475806825210_1306900544_n.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 600px; " /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Josh&#39;s Barracuda</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/389421_10102475819135540_15847938_n.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 600px; " /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Some wicked teeth...</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://sphotos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/292757_10102475818491830_1029394971_n.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 600px; " /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Five at a time (2 french grunts, 2 mangrove snappers, 1 schoolmaster)</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/22620_10102475820183440_1397221840_n.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 600px; " /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>My &#39;cuda (not as impressive as Josh&#39;s but I&#39;ll take it!!)</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://sphotos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/545701_10102475822408980_742730414_n.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 600px; " /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Josh&#39;s graysby (ralphing up a baby wrasse or something)</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://sphotos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/535900_10102475824040710_15881263_n.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 600px; " /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A cool starfish</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://sphotos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/223338_10102475815537750_762919612_n.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 600px; " /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/487040_10102475825887010_1907823686_n.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 600px; " /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;ve been having such an awesome time in Belize so far! I&#39;m excited to write a full report with all the other cool fish (and lifelisters) we&#39;ve caught!&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Miss y&#39;all! &nbsp;:)</p>
Conecuh
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That shortnose batfish...

That shortnose batfish...

Words don't do it justice.

bigminnowfisher
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Whoa holy guacamole that

Whoa holy guacamole that batfish is one cool catch! I've never seen one caught on hook and line before!

 

Regarding the puffers, I concur with your ID's. #1 looks like Sphoeroides spengleri, and #2 and 3 look like Sphoeroides testudineus. I couldn't find a picture of S. yergeri so I can't exactly rule it out for #3, but it does look very much like S. testudineus.

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Ken
I was going to give you a

I was going to give you a heads up of this post, Eli. wink

 

Yeah, I couldn't find a picture or description of S. yergeri either...so I can't say what #3 is yet...but so far the closest looking one is Sphoeroides testudineus.

DavidG
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WOW!  Awesome catches!  Some

WOW!  Awesome catches!  Some very interesting species too.  Getting a barracuda in a canoe would be a rush, probably a little dangerous too!

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Mike B
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Love to 'cuda guys.

Love the 'cuda guys.

mike b

pmk00001
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Holy BATFISH!

Holy BATFISH!

 

That thing is awesome!