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    Slender Weed Whiting, Siphonognathus attenuatus

    Distribution: Endemic to southern Australia from eastern Bass Strait and Tasmania to Rottnest Island, Western Australia. Inhabits sandy patches in coastal waters adjacent to seagrass and weed beds, and rocky outcrops, commonly at 15–20 m.

    Colour: Tan above, white below with broad dark brown stripe midlaterally; caudal fin with prominent black spot circled with white; pelvic fins in males yellow with black base and white-edged black spots dista.

    Scott's Shore Eel, Alabes scott

    Distribution: Endemic to southeastern Australia and known from only a few scattered localities: off Araganu Beach, Southside of Bermagui, New South Wales, to Harmers Haven, and possibly west to Portland, Victoria, on the southern coast, and to Maria Island, eastern Tasmania.

    Colour: Brownish orange, tail a little paler posteriorly; 5 blackish cross bars outlined with white on anterior portion of body, posterior two more brownish, although dorsal edge blackish; five white transverse lines interspersed between black bars, one between each pair of black bars and one anterior to first bar.

    Dinematichthys iluocoeteoides

    Distribution: Known in Australian waters from coral reef habitats in northwestern and northeastern Australia. Elsewhere, widespread in the Indo-West-central Pacific. Lives in deep holes and crevices in lagoon and seaward reef habitats to 30 m.

    Slender Snaggletooth, Rhadinesthes decimus

    Habitat: Bathypelagic, Max Size:41 cm SL

    Rainbow Cale, Heteroscarus acroptilus

    Distribution: Seal Rocks, New South Wales, to Point Gregory, Western Australia, and south to Waterfall Bay, Tasmania.

    Western Shore Eel, Alabes occidentalis

    Distribution: Endemic to southern Australia from Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Tasmania, to the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia, in depths to 5 metres. A common inhabitant of shallow seagrass beds of south Western Australia.

    Features: Meristic features: Caudal fin 4-6; Vertebrae (total) 65-69.

    Colour: Completely transparent with internal organs usually clearly visible; a row of brownish blotches on dorsal fin; head spotted or unspotted, male usually with a tiger-like pattern of reddish to brownish bars on side, continued on body in larger individuals, merging ventrally with 2-3 blackish blotches.

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    Silverside Weedfish, Cristiceps argyropleura

    Distribution: Northern New South Wales to western Victoria and northern Tasmania.

    Features: Dorsal fin III + XXCII-XXIX, 6-8; Anal fin II, 22-24; Caudal fin (segmented rays) 9; Pectoral fin 11; Pelvic fin I, 3; Lateral line scales 16-20 (arched portion) + 28-32 (straight portion); Gill rakers 1-2 + 6-8 = 7-10.

    Colour: Brown, yellow or orange; head similar, with dark orange bar extending ventrally from each eye to behind mouth; large silver blotches along sides.

    Australian Grayling, Prototroctes maraena

    Distribution: Endemic to coastal drainages of southeastern Australia, from the Shoalhaven River, New South Wales, westward to the eastern part of South Australia,

    Features: Dorsal fin 9-13; Anal fin 16-20; Pectoral fin 12-14; Pelvic fin 6; Vertebrae 62-65.

    Size: Maximum size to 33 cm TL but commonly to 17-19 cm.

    Colour: Dusky brown to greenish-brown above, greenish to bronze midlaterally and silvery-white to yellowish below. Sometimes has a steely-blue mid-lateral band and dark spot on the caudal fin base. Fins greyish-white.

    Cleaner Pipefish, Doryrhamphus janssi

    Distribution: Tropical East Indo-west Pacific from the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand, to the Solomon Islands, Micronesia, the Philippines and northern Australia. Inhabits sheltered inshore coral reefs where pairs usually maintain cleaning stations in caves and crevices with sponges, and below large plate corals.

    Size: To 13-14 cm

    Colour: Middle section of body orange, head and tail sections blue, caudal fin largely black, with a white margin and with a white central spot.

    Reticulate Pipefish, Corythoichthys conspicillatus

    Distribution: Offshore reefs of Western Australia - Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef, and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the tropical Indo-west-central Pacific, from the Red Sea to French Polynesia.

    Size: Reaches 180 mm

    Colour: Head with prominent lateral stripes, snout with red spots; trunk with irregularly banded pattern that may be broken up in large blotches and reticulations, yellow streaks or bands in the pale interspaces; dorsal fin often with rows of translucent spots; males with a blue-black spot on ventral surface of the anal ring.

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    Greynurse Shark, Carcharias taurus

    Distribution: Historically widespread in most subtropical and warm temperate seas, except for the Eastern Pacific, and previously recorded from all Australia states except Tasmania - at depths to 190 metres.

    Features: Vertebrae: 156-186 (precaudal 80-97); Jaw teeth (upper) 16 to 17-1-13:3-1-16 or 17; Jaw teeth (lower) 15 to 17-3-1:1-3-15 to 17.

    Size: Females mature at 9 or 10 years of age and grow to about 3.2 m TL. Males mature at 6 or 7 years of age and reach about 2.7 m TL.

    Roundface Batfish, Platax teira

    Distribution: Recorded in Australia from Cape Naturaliste, Western Australia, to Bermagui, New South Wales; also Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef, WA, Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea.

    Feeding: Omnivore - feeds on zooplankton, benthic invertebrates and algae.

    Circular Stingaree, Urolophus circularis

    Distribution: Endemic to south-western Western Australia, from Rottnest Island to Esperance. Found inshore and offshore, on rocky reefs and habitats with kelp in depths to 120 m.

    Biology: Females give birth to live young. Stingarees are aplacental viviparous, meaning that the embryos emerge from eggs within the uterus and undergo further development until they are born. After emerging from their egg cases, the embryos are initially sustained by their yolk, and later by histotroph, a "uterine milk" produced by the mother.

    Striped Stingaree, Trygonoptera

    Distribution: Endemic to Western Australia, from east of Low Point, Great Australian Bight to the Houtman Abrolhos.

    Colour: Dorsal surface greyish to greyish-brown; dark markings below, in front of and between eyes; often with a dark stripe extending to snout tip (obvious on juveniles); paired dark patches near centre of disc extending as stripes posteriorly along disc and tail, sometimes darkish areas obscure; pale along midline. Caudal fin greyish or black. Ventral surface white or yellow; tail and margins of disc and pelvic fins mostly dark.

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    Big Red Cardinalfish, Apogon unicolor


    Robust Deepsea Boarfish, Antigonia capros

    Max Size: 31 cm TL, Habitat: Benthopelagic

    Sunset Gudgeon, Bostrychus zonatus

    Distribution: The Sunset Gudgeon inhabits brackish estuaries and the lower reaches of freshwater streams with muddy bottoms.

    Size: 15 cm.

    Feeding; Carnivore - feeds on a variety of small invertebrates including crustaceans, worms, gastropods, insects and insect larvae.

    Spiny Gurnard, Lepidotrigla papilio

    Distribution: Inhabits shelly and sandy bottoms in bays and coastal waters in depths of 2-110 m, although usually above 50 m; juveniles sometimes in seagrass beds. This is the most frequently encountered species of the genus in southern waters.

    Colour: Usually red, mottled with reddish brown to dark brown on back and dorsal fins, whitish ventrally; roof of mouth mostly orange; first dorsal fin with large, white-edged, black spot; caudal fin brownish with whitish band basally; inner surface of pectoral fin dark green with narrow blue margin. Small juveniles with prominent ocellus on inner surface of pectoral fin.

    Honey Blue Eye, Pseudomlugi

    Distribution: Distribution is restricted to south-eastern Queensland in coastal streams between Bundaberg and Brisbane, and also on Fraser Island, QLD. Tropical species inhabiting slow-flowing, tannin-stained freshwater creeks and coastal dune lakes with sandy or muddy bottoms. Often found amongst aquatic vegetation along grassy banks.

    Size: To 3.5 cm

    Rhinohorn Goby, Redigobius balteatus

    Distribution: Known in northern Australia from Wyndham, Western Australia, across the tropical north to Whitsunday Island, Queensland; occurs elsewhere in the tropical western Pacific. Inhabits brackish mangrove estuaries and the lower reaches of freshwater streams.

    Size: 3.8 cm


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    Pristigenys meyeri

    Distribution: Known in Australia from an image taken by an ROV at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea, depth 210 m. Elsewhere the species occurs in the West Pacific from Sulawesi Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, New Guinea, New Caledonia and Samoa.

    Colour: Yellowish-pink with 10 or more narrow red bars on body and head interspersed by intermittent red markings. Cheeks, maxilla and snout with red vermiculations; iris of eye red. Fins reddish; dorsal spines creamy; soft dorsal and anal fins and caudal fin with black margins; pectoral fins clear or pinkish; distal one-third of pelvic fins black; membranes of spinous portion of dorsal fin dusky anterior to spines (Starnes 1988).

    Estuary Cobbler, Cnidoglanis macrocephalus

    Distribution: Endemic to temperate coastal waters of southern Australia, from Moreton Bay, Queensland, to the Abrolhos Islands (Western Australia), but absent from most of Victoria and Tasmania; occurs in Eastern Victoria (to about Lakes Entrance) and Duck River, northern Tasmania.

    Size: 91 cm.

    Colour: Variously mottled dark brown to grey, often with speckles of cream or yellow, underside of head and belly creamy.

    Arrow Eel, Cyema atrum

    Distribution: Circumglobal in all oceans. recorded in Australia from off off Cape Pasley, Western Australia.

    Colour: Dark velvety brown or violet-black.

    Biology: The deep-bodied larvae have a pointed head and tail, a very long gut with 3-4 loops on the posterior half, a low myomere count for eels (74-80 myomeres), and the dorsal fin origin approximately above the anus. Pigment includes melanophores scattered on the snout, lower jaw, over the sides and along the gut, especially along the loops. larvae transform at 60-70 mm SL.

    Smallhead Sole, Soleichthys microcephalus

    Distribution: Endemic to eastern Australia from NE of Bundaberg, QLD (24°17'S) to off Sydney, NSW (33°52'S). Inhabits silty bottoms in harbours and estuaries, usually buried in the substrate.

    Colour: Eyed side: 8–10 dark-brown to black, mostly complete crossbands on the body, with three continuous dark brown bands across head, and two conspicuous white spots in longitudinal series on the midline.

  6. #1666
    Channel catfish...
    freshwater fish that would be good in Laketown or Backyard...
    diet...the same diet as most other catfish in the game, vegetables, meat, insects, fish, dough

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    Ictalurus punctatus is the scientific name.

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    Trachipterus trachypterus, Mediterranean dealfish (Specie Rare)

    Distribution: Eastern Atlantic: western Mediterranean and from Morocco to Namibia; also off Table Bay, South Africa.

    Max length : 300 cm

    Biology: A rare, mesopelagic species. Feeds on squid and midwater fishes.

    Whitley's Gurnard Perch, Maxillicosta whitleyi


    Senator Wrasse, Pictilabrus laticlavius

    Distribution: Endemic to temperate waters of southern Australia from about Bryon Bay (New South Wales), to the Houtman Abrolhos (Western Australia), and around Tasmania.

    Features: Dorsal fin IX, 11; Anal fin III, 10; Caudal fin 12; Pectoral fin 13; Pelvic fin I, 5; Lateral line scales 25-26.

    Size: 25 cm

    Genus C sp 2

    Redbanded Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris fasciata

    Distribution: Northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea (Marion Reef). Elsewhere the species occurs in the west-central Pacific.

    Deepbody Pipefish, Kaupus costatus

    Distribution: Endemic southern Australia from Bass Strait to the Great Australian Bight, South Australia. Inhabits sheltered intertidal areas with algae and seagrass, especially Zostera, to 10 m.

    Size; 135 mm

    Colour: Red or reddish brown with tiny blue, yellow and white dots dorsally; head and tail with fine wavy marks of similar colours.

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    Scaly Puller, Chromis lepidolepis


    Blackhead Puller, Chromis klunzingeri Whitley

    Distribution: Endemic to south Western Australia from the Recherche Archipelago to the Houtman Abrolhos islands.
    Inhabits inshore and offshore coral and rocky reefs.

    Yellow Reef Basslet, Liopropoma multilineatum

    Distribution: Recorded in the Australian EEZ from the offshore reefs of Rowley Shoals, Western Australia, Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, and Osprey Reef, in the Coral Sea off Queensland. Found elsewhere in the tropical Western Pacific.
    Inhabits deep caves and crevices in rich coral areas on offhsore reefs.

    Pale-tail Puller, Chromis xanthura

    Distribution: Dampier (20°39'S) to Buccaneer Archipelago (15°57'S), WA, Rowley Shoals (17°20'S) and Scott Reef (14°03'S), WA, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea (12°15'S) and Cape York to Lady Musgrave Island (23°53'S), QLD, also Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island, Indian Ocean, and Lord Howe Province,Tasman Sea; tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.

    Features: Dorsal fin XIII, 10-11; Anal fin II, 9-10; Pectoral fin 18-20; Lateral line scales 16-19; Gill rakers (first arch) 26-30.

    Wide-rib Pearlfish, Eurypleuron cinereus


    Rosy Snapper, Pristipomoides filamentosus


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    Two-line Monocle Bream, Scolopsis bilineata

    Known in Australian waters from the Houtman Abrohlos Islands, Western Australia, to Sydney, New South Wales; also Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef, Western

    Feeding: Feeds on benthic invertebrates and small fishes.

    Biology: Protogynous hermaphrodite - chaging sex from female to male.

    Spot-tail Dottyback, Pseudochromis jamesi


    Foxfish, Bodianus frenchii

    Distribution: Confined to the temperate waters of southern Australia, with confirmed records from east of Mooloolaba,

    Size: Reaches a length of 48 cm.

    Biology: A very long lived species, living to more than 60 years. A protogynous hermaphrodite, and spawns multiple times in late spring and summer.

    Red Eelgoby, Caragobius rubristriatus

    Distribution: Lower reaches of the Prince Regent River, Western Australia, to Moreton Bay, Queensland. The species occurs elsewhere in New Guinea. Inhabits muddy areas in estuaries, including amongst mangroves.

    Soldier, Gymnapistes marmoratus

    Distribution: Endemic to temperate Australian waters, from central New South Wales, around the southern half of Australia to north of Perth, Western Australia. This inshore species inhabits seagrass areas in quiet bays and estuaries at depths at 0-35m.

    Size: Reaches a length of about 23cm and a weight of at least 1.1kg.

    Biology: Reaches sexual maturity between 2 and 4 years of age; synchronous spawning occurs during Spring months. Lives to at least 14 years.


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