Fish Catches - ECape 2012/2013

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  1. richardmatlock

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    Hi all,

    Feel it's time to consolidate the catches into a thread, and since I got back from a fairly un-eventful Transkei collecting trip last night - feel that this is a good place to start.

    Well, dv8, Devon, Morne and myself are back from out frantic 18 hour TKei trip, and are sad to report that the juvies are definitely not in yet. We collected a lot of legal inverts, and got the Following :

    1 x Pair of Coral Banded shrimps
    1 x "Matlocki Goby" (caught 3 dropped 2 in a water change :banghead:)
    2 x surge wrasse
    1 x goldbar wrasse
    1 x nebulosus wrasse
    1 x Blackburni (The only juvie fly that I saw, Devon saw some others)
    1 x Vagi

    The only unusual fish that I saw was a nice sized Thalassoma genivittatum -
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    A good although sleep deprived time was had by all.

    Here are some kak quality, unedited vids of some cave diving with rhomboides angels and odd anthias...


     
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  3. Dillan

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    Can you post a pic?:thumbup:
     
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    I got to start building those new nets of mine...
    Stripped my garage tank down on the weekend, giving it a big refresh in preparation for that school of gems I'm going to catch this year.

    Now I just need to remember how to hold my breath
     
  5. richardmatlock

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    Here are some old pics - species has yet to be described....

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    I've got 5 of them in one of my systems atm....

    ...and here's my original thread pertaining to them...

    Higher grade fish ID needed
     
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    Very interesting fish.
    Has the colour changed at all since you got it?
     
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    My ones haven't done squat in 6 months.
     
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    So you still not sure what it is?
    Thats quite a hectic underbite.
     
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    They're Parioglossus. Type of dartfish. No species recorded from SA or anywhere near it, so it's assumed they're either unnamed or introduced. Most likely the former.
     
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    Almost looks a bit like Parioglossus marginalis from australia.
     
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    They have not changed colour at all - have grown to what I can only assume is a max size of about 6cm.

    P. marginalis seems to lack the very prominent tail spot that mine have... The other option is P. rainfordi or P .dutui - but all 3 species are only found literally on the other side of the planet. Plus the chances of them being released into some remote estuaries in a virtually inaccessible part of the Transkei are minimal.
     
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    Let it be known that the PE crowd will collect fish in any conditions! Dale6, and myself hit one of the 14 concrete tidal pools on Marine Drive yesterday during the gale for a spot of PE puddlehopping. For the uninformed, that is we waded out into waist deep water and scooped tropicals off the surface with square aquarium nets.

    We did well, and got a total of 9 decent fish. Catches were as follows :

    4 x Lactoria diaphana cowfish
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    2 x filefish (unidentified but probably spectacled/taillight/honeycomb filefish)

    1 x Arothron spp. (probably A. mappa)
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    and....

    1 x 1cm long anglerfish (probably Antennarius commerson)
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    Here's a group shot of some of them :
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    We also found a number of VERY desirable fish that had beached a week or two back and died. These included a stunning palm-of-your-hand-sized oceanic trigger (Canthidermis maculatus)...

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    which looks like this when still alive...

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    Wow! Those are some awesome specimens!
    Will they go into a species-specific system or added to a mixed system?
     
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    So the tropical s are coming in i see, ill be in Balito this weekend so will take a swim there, a few weeks and its bushman's and Kariga YEAH
     
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    Some are in species specific setups, some I introduced into my softie tank.
     
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    Awesome catch guys
     
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    nice one Rich, keep it up and a year or two your armbands can come off. I think in two weeks I will start hitting the water serious,
     
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    Thanks magman, you must remember to get your wheelchair waterproofed and bring a guide dog that can actually swim this time.
     
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    well played
     
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    Don't encourage the PE okes dude. Next thing they'll be trying to sell their dodgy tik in your neck of the woods.
     
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