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Blackspotted Wrasse Austrolabrus maculatus

Observer

davemmdave

Date

April 1, 2020 03:30 PM ACDT
Blackspotted Wrasse - Photo (c) Richard Ling, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
steve_reynolds's ID: Blackspotted Wrasse (Austrolabrus maculatus)
Added on April 04, 2020.
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Silverbelly Parequula melbournensis

Observer

davemmdave

Date

April 1, 2020 03:07 PM ACDT

Description

Near entry platform,new jetty,start of dive.

Silverbelly - Photo (c) Sascha, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Sascha Schulz
steve_reynolds's ID: Silverbelly (Parequula melbournensis)
Added on April 04, 2020.
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Southern Rock Lobster Jasus edwardsii

Observer

davemmdave

Date

March 8, 2020 06:56 PM ACDT

Description

On snorkel we saw quite a few of these.

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Southern Rock Lobster - Photo (c) Wellington Underwater Club, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
steve_reynolds's ID: Southern Rock Lobster (Jasus edwardsii)
Added on March 15, 2020.
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Southern Crested Weedfish Cristiceps australis

Observer

davemmdave

Date

January 31, 2020 12:29 PM ACDT

Description

Provisional ID.The only weedfish like it seen this shallow swalkel at Reef Watch site.(I saw a few others,probably small H. perspicillatus,but got no photos of those).

Southern Crested Weedfish - Photo (c) Saspotato, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
steve_reynolds's ID: Southern Crested Weedfish (Cristiceps australis)
Added on March 15, 2020.
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Dragonet Bovichtus angustifrons

Observer

davemmdave

Date

March 9, 2020 06:40 PM ACDT

Description

SUBJECT is @ upper L in frame.
(Same image will recur with urchins as subject).

Tags

dsm
Dragonet - Photo (c) Sascha Schulz, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
steve_reynolds's ID: Dragonet (Bovichtus angustifrons)
Added on March 12, 2020.
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Pencil Weed Whiting Siphonognathus beddomei

Observer

davemmdave

Date

March 3, 2020 11:21 AM ACDT

Description

School beside Amphibolis antarctica wireweed.

Pencil Weed Whiting - Photo (c) David Muirhead, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
steve_reynolds's ID: Pencil Weed Whiting (Siphonognathus beddomei)
Added on March 08, 2020.
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Mosaic Leatherjacket Eubalichthys mosaicus

Observer

davemmdave

Date

March 3, 2020 11:51 AM ACDT

Description

One of the very few juveniles of this species I saw on this dive.Numerous adults .

Mosaic Leatherjacket - Photo (c) Erik Schlogl, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
steve_reynolds's ID: Mosaic Leatherjacket (Eubalichthys mosaicus)
Added on March 08, 2020.
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Blackthroat Threefin Helcogramma decurrens

Observer

davemmdave

Date

March 3, 2020 12:08 PM ACDT

Description

A male with 5 females nearby!(4 visible in one pic,5 in the other). All 6 fish were grouped near base of a pile of the old jetty.

Blackthroat Threefin - Photo (c) Deb Aston, all rights reserved
steve_reynolds's ID: Blackthroat Threefin (Helcogramma decurrens)
Added on March 08, 2020.
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Southern Bobtail Euprymna tasmanica

Observer

davemmdave

Date

March 1, 2020 02:58 PM ACDT

Description

Found by MLSSA member Paul Liew in shallow tide pool at Lady Bay Reef Watch site at low tide. With Paul's consent I imaged the squid before we released it in good condition.

Southern Bobtail - Photo (c) Peter Fuller, all rights reserved
steve_reynolds's ID: Southern Bobtail (Euprymna tasmanica)
Added on March 05, 2020.
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Western Pacific Purple Sea Urchin Heliocidaris erythrogramma

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 29, 2020 07:53 PM ACDT

Tags

dsm
Western Pacific Purple Sea Urchin - Photo (c) Fam Charko, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
steve_reynolds's ID: Western Pacific Purple Sea Urchin (Heliocidaris erythrogramma)
Added on March 05, 2020.
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Sixspine Leatherjacket Meuschenia freycineti

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 12:44 PM ACDT

Description

Female.

Sixspine Leatherjacket - Photo (c) Peter Fuller, all rights reserved
steve_reynolds's ID: Sixspine Leatherjacket (Meuschenia freycineti)
Added on February 23, 2020.
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Sixspine Leatherjacket Meuschenia freycineti

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 12:44 PM ACDT

Description

Female.

Meuschenia - Photo (c) Alex Hoschke, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
steve_reynolds's ID: Genus Meuschenia, a member of Filefishes (Family Monacanthidae)
Added on February 21, 2020.
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Christmas Tree Hydroid Pennaria disticha

Observer

danimations

Date

December 26, 2018 01:53 PM ACDT
Christmas Tree Hydroid - Photo (c) sea-kangaroo, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND), uploaded by sea-kangaroo
steve_reynolds's ID: Christmas Tree Hydroid (Pennaria disticha)
Added on February 19, 2020.
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Yellowstriped Leatherjacket Meuschenia flavolineata

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 12:11 PM ACDT

Description

One of a number seen under old jetty throughout this MLSSA dive.

Yellowstriped Leatherjacket - Photo (c) John Turnbull, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), uploaded by Marine Explorer (John Turnbull)
steve_reynolds's ID: Yellowstriped Leatherjacket (Meuschenia flavolineata)
Added on February 16, 2020.
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davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 11:36 AM ACDT

Description

A small aggregation perhaps,but with only two of these green slugs being clearly visible. Elysia genus,I think.
I suspect these are what laid the yellow egg ribbons that I submitted images of from my last dive at same site on 09-02-2020.I fancy I may be able to see a small, unsharp bit of egg ribbon (which here looks more green than yellow) being produced, between the two main seaslugs. But really I would not know if it's being laid, or eaten!(I say again, I'm a generalist and proud of it 😎)

Elysia - Photo (c) budak, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
steve_reynolds's ID: Genus Elysia, a member of Sacoglossan Slugs (Superorder Sacoglossa)
Added on February 16, 2020.
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Silverbelly Parequula melbournensis

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 11:35 AM ACDT
Silverbelly - Photo (c) Sascha, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Sascha Schulz
steve_reynolds's ID: Silverbelly (Parequula melbournensis)
Added on February 16, 2020.
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Bluespotted Goatfish Upeneichthys vlamingii

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 11:35 AM ACDT
Bluespotted Goatfish - Photo (c) Sascha Schulz, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
steve_reynolds's ID: Bluespotted Goatfish (Upeneichthys vlamingii)
Added on February 16, 2020.
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Brick Red Sea Star Anthaster valvulatus

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 01:49 PM ACDT

Description

As with my last dive at Rapid Bay jetties on 09-02-2020,this was the only example of this species I saw on this MLSSA dive.(It is possibly the very same specimen,but I can only speculate about that!)

Brick Red Sea Star - Photo (c) Dan Monceaux, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
steve_reynolds's ID: Brick Red Sea Star (Anthaster valvulatus)
Added on February 16, 2020.
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Zebra Fish Girella zebra

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 11:59 AM ACDT

Description

Same photo, different subject.

Zebra Fish - Photo (c) Klaus Stiefel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
steve_reynolds's ID: Zebra Fish (Girella zebra)
Added on February 16, 2020.
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Blackspotted Wrasse Austrolabrus maculatus

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 11:43 AM ACDT

Description

Adult.

Blackspotted Wrasse - Photo (c) Richard Ling, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
steve_reynolds's ID: Blackspotted Wrasse (Austrolabrus maculatus)
Added on February 16, 2020.
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Spinytail Leatherjacket Acanthaluteres brownii

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 01:24 PM ACDT

Description

One of a school foraging beneath old jetty.

Spinytail Leatherjacket - Photo (c) Peter Fuller, all rights reserved
steve_reynolds's ID: Spinytail Leatherjacket (Acanthaluteres brownii)
Added on February 16, 2020.
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Horseshoe Leatherjacket Meuschenia hippocrepis

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 11:49 AM ACDT
Horseshoe Leatherjacket - Photo (c) Saspotato, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
steve_reynolds's ID: Horseshoe Leatherjacket (Meuschenia hippocrepis)
Added on February 16, 2020.
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Banded Seaperch Hypoplectrodes nigroruber

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 11:45 AM ACDT

Description

One of quite a few seen this MLSSA dive, spent mostly under old jetty, including T-junction.(This fish was before reaching junction).

Banded Seaperch - Photo (c) Sascha, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Sascha Schulz
steve_reynolds's ID: Banded Seaperch (Hypoplectrodes nigroruber)
Added on February 16, 2020.
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davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 11:41 AM ACDT

Description

Smallish red fan-worm emerging from its overgrown tube.

Serpula - Photo (c) rebeccafay, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Rebecca Johnson
steve_reynolds's ID: Genus Serpula, a member of Serpulid Tubeworms (Family Serpulidae)
Added on February 16, 2020.
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Biscuit Star Pentagonaster duebeni

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 11:46 AM ACDT

Description

This taxon was particularly common on this MLSSA dive, under old jetty and between old and new.

Biscuit Star - Photo (c) erikschlogl, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
steve_reynolds's ID: Biscuit Star (Pentagonaster duebeni)
Added on February 16, 2020.
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Moonlighter Tilodon sexfasciatus

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 12:19 PM ACDT

Description

Now this is one unusual adult Moonlighter! It has normal markings on one side(it's Left side if you are the fish:-see pic 2, which was my only shot of this individual's normal looking side). Pic 1 clearly shows it's weirdly patterned Right flank,as do a few other pics I'll add shortly.
This is a first for me where Moonlighters are concerned.But the asymmetry [in an otherwise normal looking ,apparently healthy fish which also behaved normally,including mixing briefly with one or two similar sized adults ,of which there were many on this dive] immediately reminded me of the occasional surprise encounters I've had with odd-looking *Zebrafish
[*Those morphs had asymmetrical black head markings as the main visual cue setting them apart from their companions,and several of my asymmetrically coloured and marked Zebrafish observations are already available for viewing on iNat's Australasian Fishes Project].
Despite much interest and speculation as to cause,no firm explanation ever reached consensus for the asymmetrically patterned Zebrafish.Some of the hypotheses we discussed included random mutations,and various pathological processes e.g. congenital abnormality, or superficial fungal infection causing discoloration, but there were others...anyone interested please view the relevant Zebrafish observations then add their thoughts,there or here!

Moonlighter - Photo (c) Saspotato, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
steve_reynolds's ID: Moonlighter (Tilodon sexfasciatus)
Added on February 16, 2020.
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Rock Ling Genypterus tigerinus

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 12:33 PM ACDT

Description

Only the caudal section is visible but the species is quite distinctive.

Rock Ling - Photo (c) Wayne Martin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
steve_reynolds's ID: Rock Ling (Genypterus tigerinus)
Added on February 16, 2020.
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Sharpnose Weed Whiting Siphonognathus caninis

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 12:01 PM ACDT

Description

Adult female.
MLSSA dive from new to old jetty return.

Sharpnose Weed Whiting - Photo (c) David Muirhead, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
steve_reynolds's ID: Sharpnose Weed Whiting (Siphonognathus caninis)
Added on February 16, 2020.
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Whitebarred Boxfish Anoplocapros lenticularis

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 12:36 PM ACDT

Description

I saw only two of these and imaged only this one.

Whitebarred Boxfish - Photo (c) Erik Schlogl, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
steve_reynolds's ID: Whitebarred Boxfish (Anoplocapros lenticularis)
Added on February 16, 2020.
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Bluelined Leatherjacket Meuschenia galii

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 14, 2020 12:58 PM ACDT

Description

Small adult or older juvenile.It was @ a cleaning station, probably hosted by Western Cleaner Clingfish (WCCs) but I saw no hosts just here(see later observation of a WCC on same dive)

Bluelined Leatherjacket - Photo (c) Sascha, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Sascha Schulz
steve_reynolds's ID: Bluelined Leatherjacket (Meuschenia galii)
Added on February 16, 2020.
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