Another new species record for Sydney Harbour!

John Turnbull has done it again!
Nine months ago John's photograph of a Clown Toby enabled us to add the species to the Sydney Harbour fish list. Just a few days ago John did it again.
This time John has photographed a Whitespotted Dragonet, Orbonymus rameus at Clifton Gardens, Sydney Harbour. We first saw this species earlier in the year when Dave Harasti's observation documented a major range extension for the species.
John's observation has extended the southern distribution south again by more than 140 km from Nelson Bay.
In Australia, the Whitespotted Dragonet occurs in marine waters from the Houtman Abrolhos Islands in Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country, and on the east coast south now to Sydney Harbour. It usually occurs on sandy or rubbly seabeds.
The species was named in 1926 by Australian Museum Ichthyologist Allan McCulloch
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Posted by markmcg markmcg, August 15, 2017 07:01

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Incredible little fish. Thanks for the info @markmcg - I am sure there are more range extensions to come ;)
I've spotted a rockmover wrasse further down the coast from Sydney - unfortunately I had no camera with me :(

Posted by henrick almost 3 years ago (Flag)
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Bummer about the lack of camera when you saw the rockmover wrasse @henrick. I'm pleased you enjoyed the journal entry. :)

Posted by markmcg almost 3 years ago (Flag)
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Yeah, I felt the same way...I do enjoy your articles, they are always a great read!

Posted by henrick almost 3 years ago (Flag)
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Thank you @henrick. I try to do one each week. We normally see something blog-worthy at least once a week. :)

Posted by markmcg almost 3 years ago (Flag)

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