cortez marine wrote:I just caught one of these in Mexico. I found some ages ago and re-found em 2 weeks ago. They have never been in the trade. Serranus soccorensis ...one in hand now! Steve
That picture is a DEAD ringer, as in exactly the same, as Jerry Allan's picture from page 166 in Kuiter's book "Basslets, Hamlets and their relatives". Did you take it yourself, or poach it and not give Jerry Allen credit?
Dan Gotshall took the first photos of this new fish in 1985.
I led him to a colony I had seen a year prior. He snapped the pic and I collected the fish and several others.
We took it to Scripps where they pronounced it a new species.
Then they killed it, pickled it and sent it off to be made official.
7-8 years later, Allen and Randal did more work on it and named it not after the discoverer but the island it came from. The discovery was mine...new photo is theirs .
The curator at Scripps told me that they basically stole my fish and omitted the origin of it.
I took several new pics and am trying to load em now...
Gresham has reminded me that its not the discovery of a new species that matters , nor the adventure or the information that I have from watching the fishes behavior but the right protocol for crediting photos.
I will do that and thought the photo was the original by Dan Gotshall whom I just talked to recently over our fish so long ago.
Still, they did steal my fish and that should be illegal if anything.
Sugoku muzakashii desu kedo gambaranakiya ikenai (boku no kanai ga nihonjin de, renshu kikai ga ippai arimasu!).
(It's very difficult, but I must try hard (my wife is Japanese, so I have plenty of opportunities to practise!)
In any case, your English is very good indeed and unfortunately I cannot type in Japanese script on this computer, so maybe we should stick to English! Sorry to hijack your thread and thanks for your patience.