Shiner Perch
(Cymatogaster aggregata)

image of a Shiner Perch

Image ID: 173-00

Comments : Shiner perch are often very hard to get a good photograph of, because they hover right on the bottom, meaning to get a good lateral view, you have to bury yourself in the sand, and by the time you bury yourself, they've moved on. Still, this one is only slightly too high, and at least gives you an idea of what they look like. This one was in about 40 feet of water on a night dive. Beside him is a blackeyed Hermit Crab.
Common name : Shiner Perch
Scientific Name : Cymatogaster aggregata
Location Found : Three Tree Point, Central Puget Sound
Actual Size : 3 inches
Camera Used : Canon D30 digital in Ikelite Housing
Natural History :