Yellowbar Angelfish (Pomacanthus maculosus)


What: Yellowbar Angelifish (Pomacanthus maculosus)
Legend says that the yellow patch on this fish depicts a map of Africa.

Where: I took this photo in the Red Sea near Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.


Pomacanthus maculosus
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Wordless Wednesday
Watery Wednesday

28 comments:

  1. Map of Africa on a fish! Interesting legend.

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  2. A map? Maybe u should have zoom at the map. ;)

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  3. Beautiful and a very interesting legend and mark.
    Happy WW to you...

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  4. OK, that really looks like somebody slapped a splotch of florescent yellow paint on the side of the fish!

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  5. I always enjoy your photos and tidbits of info. This one is no different. :-)

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  6. Nice shot!
    When I first looked at it without reading the note I thought to myself the yellow marking wasn't as neat as I would expect in nature.

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  7. Cool. I assume it is an underwater photo?

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  8. That's interesting to have a map of Africa on a fish! I wonder which African country though. It sure looks like it's been splashed on the fish. :) Happy WW, Bobbie.

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  9. I have been to the Red Sea at Eilat, many years ago, and loved the glass tunnel you could walk into to view the fish and coral up close in their natural habitat. I really like this fish, too. Happy Watery Wednesday!

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  10. A fine finny specimen, map of Africa and all.

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  11. At first glance it looks like something out of a disney animation. Great pic and Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers!
    Regina In Pictures

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  12. What I wouldn't give to be swimming along with that beauty!

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  13. I can kinda see Africa, maybe if I squint a little. Fun story though!

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  14. You still have the most amazing water photos!

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  16. Love this. I think this is the first fish I've seen for Watery Wednesday
    New Rambling Woods Site

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  17. That is quite a splash of color - neat legend!

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  18. It was a wonderful surprise to see underwater photography pop up on my page. Excellent.

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  19. Ha! I wonder how it got on the fish's back.

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  20. I never would have guessed it, about the map thing. How interesting, and a unique looking fish.

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  21. Thanks, everyone. I, too, think the yellow patch looks a little splotchy and irregular, but it does individualize these fishes, as no two are exactly alike.

    @ Michael Bird -- Yes, it is an underwater photo.

    @ Leedra -- It is fairly big, but not mean -- actually quite shy.

    @ Scienceguy -- It's a design plotted by genetic info, of course -- just like the patterns on cows, and pinto ponies, and dogs, and cats, and... (You actually knew that, right?)

    Bobbie

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