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  1. magman

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    Hi guys, I was with Sean K this morning looking around at the fish, saw some interesting fish, especially the flies, and one I can't ID,

    Is this one local?, is called the Lined Butterfly, (Chaetodon lineolatus), but the referances I got for it, it does not seem local,

    @ Sean K you agree the one looked like this?

    000443_chaetodon_lineolatus.jpg


    Also saw these, fairly commen,

    vagabond butterfly,


    000514_Chaetodon_vagabundus.jpg

    Racoon

    000449_Chaetodon_lunula.jpg


    auriga, saw millions of these!!!

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    and these, coachmen, and their idol boets

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    I think I have seen two of these before, but without the blue, didn't bother cause was always after reef safe fish, Golden fly

    000493_Chaetodon_semilarvatus.jpg





    Also seen one of the two below, they very similar, don't know which is local,

    Mertensii fly

    000458_Chaetodon_mertensii.jpg


    Pearlscale fly

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    Am definatly going to be collecting flies this year, will have a new tank to put this years juvies in...........any other local flies?
     
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    is that this one then, the pearl scale, I think that's our local one

    chaetodon_xanthurus.jpg
     
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    Yeah ... Affectionately known as a "maddy" .... very pretty .... but loves coral polyps!
     
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    Yip, this is the one we saw:

     
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    Whats wrong with my memory??? It's like a photocopy machine dude
     
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    Nope, this is not the one we saw:

     
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    There's also the C. dolosus, C.kleini, C. blackburnii (not sure about this one, as I know it as the brown burnie), C. guttassimus, C. madagascariesis and C. marleyi.
     
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    Ok :) Now if you had read the GoPro thread and bought one as i suggested you could have posted a vid of all the fish you saw. :p
     
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    Guys this one comes from the red sea. Not sure it is in our waters. I have been trying to get a school of about 5 or so for some time now. I had a few in a softies tank some years ago. They did not cause any real issues. Stunning fish.
     
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    Like I said in the post, I don't think it had the blue...........:whistling:
     
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    Chaetodon marleyi, double sash



    AfricanButterflyWMBu_U41.jpg
     
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    Chaetodon guttatissimus, peppered fly,


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    Chaetodon blackburnii, brown burnii


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    @NJ, this is the fly I was thinking about,

    Chaetodon kleini


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    @Sean, this is probably the one we saw,

    Chaetodon dolosus, african fly, can't find any other english names.........

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    thanks bud, rep added:peroni:
     
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    Dude I know what I saw
     
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    Sean, you could have seen the Limespot butterfly C. unimaculatus, which has been caught here in EL before.
    Just going through Smiths' Sea Fishes, and it seems that there are a few flies that come down south. I'm not sure of the accuracy of their distribution descriptions, as they write that vaggis only go as far south as Durban. Some more that they state come down to Durban: C. Lineolatus, C. melannotus, C. meyeri, C. trifascialis (Tugela), C. zanzibarensis, Forcipiger flavissimus. Can anyone confirm these with firsthand sightings?
     

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