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Masked puffer

Masked puffer
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-11-17
Categories: Fish
Camera: Pentax Optio WG2
Exposure: f/4.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-30 4:52
Viewed: 3412
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pic taken in the sea and not in acquarium.

Arothron diadematus.

Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Tetraodontidae
Genus: Arothron
Species: A. diadematus

The masked puffer, Arothron diadematus, is a pufferfish in the family Tetraodontidae and endemic of Red Sea.
Maximum length 30 cm, olive-green/grey with a black mask over the eyes and pectoral fins, mouth has a black border.Usually solitary but schools during mating period. Some authors believe this to be a variation of the species Arothron nigropunctatus.
Associated with coral reefs, from surface to 20m depth.The Masked Puffer will land in a low grotto and produce a very viscous sperm out of its lower anal cavity. It uses own sperm as a base habitat; over the course of the next week the Masked Puffer will borrow and create a home with the genital sperm. The sperm produces a very effective disguise and mask of scent, reducing its predators. When the sperm starts to become a mold the Masked Puffer will migrate to a different grotto and repeat the cycle.


Il pesce palla mascherato (Arothron diadematus Rüppell, 1829) è un pesce del genere Arothron della famiglia dei Tetraodontidae.
È caratterizzato da una livrea grigio/beige, con delle macchie nere sul becco, vicino alle pinne pettorali ed agli occhi, dove appaiono come una mascherina nera che dà il nome alla sottospece. Può arrivare a misurare 30 cm.
Tipico del Mar Rosso, vive ad una profondità compresa tra gli 0 ed i 20 metri.

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Ciao Luciano
Great fun underwater he?Wonderful capture my Friend.Lovely composition,wonderful colours and great sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Um abraço

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-11-30 5:19]

Hello Luciano,
Another beauty in beautiful colours. Good sharpness and a fine composition.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-11-30 5:24]

Ciao Luciano,
Another fantastic fish ..
Nice photo of this fish. Soft colours, sharpness and details.
Best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-11-30 5:36]

Fine image of this fish with so big eyes and special beak like mouth..beautiful. tfs.

hello Luciano ,
another magnificent portrait of this nice marine fish. great colour and composition.
best wishes,

Ciao Luciano, stai rivelandoti un grande fotografo subacqueo, favolosa anche questa, magnifico il pasce palla mascherato, fantastici colori, altro 10 e lode, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-11-30 6:10]

Ciao Luciano,
Fine capture of this Masked Puffer in natural surroundings. The sharpness and colours are great with the POV showing its features well. The corals seem to be thriving well in the clear water.
Thanks and have a great tweekend,

Hello Luciano,
An excellent capture with fine colors, details & sharpness. Great composition & presentation. Great work & TFS. Best wishes!


Hello Luciano,
Beautiful capture with nice clarity and details,well composed under water image.
My regards_Joy

Hello Luciano
Good light, excellent depth of field with good detail and focus. An incredible fish too!
regards yiannis

Hi Luciano,
another very interesting photo of the underwater environment. Interesting fish. Nice colours. Perfect composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Luciano,
Thanks for visiting my gallery. I found the Scarce Fritillary, Euphydryas maturna, very close to my home city Timisoara. I look for it in the book of Gianluca Ferretti "Le farffale delle Alpi" but I did not find this specie.
This image is superb as all the others about fish, you post in the last days. Despite the difficult conditions you managed very well the composition, colors and focus.
Have a nice weekend!

Salut Luciano

Le eye-contact que a ce poisson avec toi est superbe,
avec un excellent POV et DOF, très belle lumière,
superb focus, netteté et détails pour une underwater photo, TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-12-01 1:53]

Bonjour Luciano,
Encore un Puffer (quel nom), celui-ci avec des lunettes de soleil..et des lèvres de diva.
Vraiment, on voit de tout dans la mer!
Bien vu.
Bonne fin de semaine

Ciao Luciano.
Un’ altra splendida foto subacquea,bello esemplare di pesce palla,fotografato alla grande!
Eccellente nitidezza e notevoli dettagli,bellissimi colori sia del soggetto che dello sfondo,ottima gestione della luce,veramente complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Ciao Luciano. Bellissimo non è ma non è colpa sua..... Il dettaglio invece mi sembra ottimo così come la profondità. Grande gestione della luce.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-12-01 7:31]

Hello Luciano.
Impressive photo of this Fish with very good composition, wonderful colours and excellent sharpness.Regards Siggi

hello Luciano
super good picture with great details
the sharpness and colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Luciano, dalle farfalle sei passato al mondo sommerso con delle foto fantastiche.
Complimenti , sono a dir poco bellissime!!!
Ciao Buona settimana

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-12-04 19:11]

Hello Luciano,
Another wonderful shot taken naturally in the Ocean. This is quite a unique looking fish with it's beak-like mouth that reminds me of a parrot. Excellent focus and good lighting.

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