Caught either a juvenile E. Dofleini or O. Rubescens last night.

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Never formally introduced myself, so I guess theres no time like the present.

My name is Stu, I have a 310 gallon temperate/coldwater aquarium. ( If you want more than that just ask :wink: )

I went collecting last night looking for schooling fish for the tank and caught plenty of Tubesnouts (Aulorhynchus flavidus) and a TON of Bay Pipefish (Sygnathus leptorhynchus) some other cool gunnels and stuff as well.

But the coolest thing was in about 4" of water under the edge of a rock I flipped looking for gunnels. Its gotta be either a E. Dofleini and O. Rubescens, since I'm pretty certain those are the only 2 species found in the area. I'll have to look closely again but the only info I could find about the difference between a very small E. Dofleini and an O. Rubescens is that the the latter will have 3 small flaps or "eyelashes" below its eye and that the colors vary.

Anyone here have experience with either species? My next place for advice will be the Hatfield Marine Science center and the Oregonh Coast Aquarium I guess.

Updated Video as of 11/5/11



Anyways, here's some photos:
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KMF;183578 said:
Awesome you going to keep it?
For sure :smile: He's in a tupperware for now on a cliff ledge in the 200 gallon display, but I'm setting up a small tank for him tonight and plubming it into the existing system.

neurobadger;183579 said:
Based on the sheer darkness of the color I'm inclined to think it's a rubescens, but I could be wrong. I've never seen a GPO that dark, though.
Coloration totally says rubescens. But I checked on him today and he's blended into the rocks around him and is white and gray. Looked for the tell tale 3 lower eyelashes and he doesn't have them. He definately does have an upper protrusion above both his eyes though.

I'm hoping Rubescens due to size, but I'm also hoping its Dofleini out of sheer cool factor :biggrin2: Either way, I'll have plenty of room to house him.
 
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Sorry to burst your "cool" bubble but my money is on Rubescens as I have worked with both species and it looks most similar to Rubescens IMO.
 

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skywindsurfer;183582 said:
Sorry to burst your "cool" bubble but my money is on Rubescens as I have worked with both species and it looks most similar to Rubescens IMO.

Burst away :biggrin2:

I knew it was a 50/50 shot on species and I honestly was just beyond happy to even find one. It will be much easier of a setup for the long haul with a Rubescens.

What work have you done with them?
 

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Where did you collect it? White 'eyespots' on the top of the first arm pair can be diagnostic for rubenscens. See this video for a clearish view.
 

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I think this is the video Richard (Thales) meant to post. If not then you can watch two :wink:

 

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I was pretty sure that was the one you intended because I remembered commenting on it but had a dickens of a time finding it. Google and the right word choices (rubescens ross video) came up with it pretty quickly once I eliminated PackedHead and your TONMO blog but I am not sure where you posted it when I first saw it :wink: (maybe FB?)
 

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