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Splendid toadfish

Sanopus splendidus


Photo take at -40 ft on a coral reef this is a very rare fish endemic of Cozumel Island, the splendid toadfish is distinctive for its vibrant colors. It has bright yellow fins which also contain distinctive patterning, while its head contains dark and white stripes.The species has a total of eight fins; two dorsal fins, two pectoral fins, two pelvic fins, a caudal fin and an anal fin. The midline of the upper body contains the two dorsal fins; a short fin with sharp spines in 3 spots and a long fin which extends over much of the upper body and is flowing. Two rounded pectoral fins are found behind the head, and they are larger than two smaller pointed pelvic fins positioned right in front of the undersurface. Also on the undersurface, towards the rear, along the tip of the tail, the splendid toadfish has a small and rounded caudal fin. With the exception of the pelvic fins, all the fins are bordered by a bright yellow coloring.


Coral reef usually spot under small caves and holes under the reef very rare to see it swimming. Only find on Cozumel Island México.

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Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks Maria , Scott yes this is the first time i see it swimming :)
Thanks Ha Truong :)

Ha Truong
Ha Truong 10 years ago

Very nice spotting. Wish I could dive in the coral reef someday.

ScottHarte 10 years ago

Really cool fish, ive never seen one swimming before, they are always hiding under things

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

very pretty fish!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks Jake yes they are very cool :)
Thanks ASH!

ASH247 10 years ago

Beautiful as well, great job

Jake Barnes
Jake Barnes 10 years ago

Nice spotting, I was just down there at the end of may and saw one of these as well, they are really cool

Gerardo Aizpuru
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Gerardo Aizpuru

Quintana Roo, Mexico

Spotted on Jul 9, 2008
Submitted on Jul 9, 2012

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