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Lacy Crust Bryozoans Genus Membranipora

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sarinozi

Date

June 7, 2016 02:24 AM HST

Description

a thin film on the underside of a rock in a rockpool

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Flowering Plants Subphylum Angiospermae

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davemmdave

Date

May 9, 2021 12:29 PM ACST

Description

Subject is the vine bearing large dull green pods, not the Allocasuarina tree it has climbed.

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Pobblebonk Limnodynastes dumerilii

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max_tibby

Date

February 8, 2021 09:44 PM ACDT

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Mediterranean Fanworm Sabella spallanzanii

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davemmdave

Date

February 3, 1989 07:56 PM ACDT

Description

Small fanworm growing in dead mussel shell on sandy silty rubbly substrate,small boat dive.(old slide scan,date approx for later editing using dive logs)

Update EDITED on 04-04-2019
!!!! IMPORTANT DATE ERROR !!!!
Please note ,in context of below comments,that I checked my old dive log info tonight and discovered that I had attached incorrect data as a caption for this image ,at some stage over the years since it was taken.
The image was taken in 2002 not 1989.
It was taken on a shallow boat dive at the Glenelg Blocks metro Adelaide, depth around 6 m.
I apologize for this mistake.

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Black Jezebel Delias nigrina

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bennybotany85

Date

April 5, 2021 10:30 AM AEST

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hednota

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April 15, 2021 01:38 AM ACST

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hednota

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April 20, 2021 03:43 AM ACST

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hednota

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April 17, 2021 02:50 AM ACST

Description

wingspan in flight 30mm

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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hednota

Date

April 12, 2021 10:55 PM ACST

Description

Length 16mm

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Australian Parsnip Trachymene incisa

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nicobserver

Date

April 8, 2021 09:05 AM AEST

Description

photo of umbel and then basal leaves

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Brownspotted Wrasse Notolabrus parilus

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scubawayne

Date

May 26, 2018 04:12 PM ACST

Description

6m depth

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Sea Tulip Encrusting Sponge Halisarca australiensis

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la3r

Date

February 12, 2021 10:45 AM AEDT

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Tuning Fork Bryozoan Mesonea radians

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la3r

Date

April 3, 2021 03:25 PM AEDT

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streglystendec

Date

October 18, 2020 01:41 PM ACDT

Description

On north facing hillside of eucalypt and native bush on sandy clay soil with sandstone and quartzite outcrops.

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Rosy Flower Spider Australomisidia rosea

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streglystendec

Date

October 12, 2020 05:51 PM ACDT

Description

In suburban front yard on shasta daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum).

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Longnose Fur Seal Arctocephalus forsteri

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catherinelarkin

Date

April 10, 2021 04:35 PM ACST

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Giant Australian Cuttlefish Sepia apama

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catherinelarkin

Date

April 8, 2021 02:44 AM UTC

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January 6, 2020

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davemmdave

Date

March 4, 2018

Description

4 images all of the one clump of brown algae attached to rubble bottom @ 6m depth between old and new jetties.
Scuba dive.
This is a common alga in coastal marine SA.
It also grows on many of the jetty piles, mainly the lower halves so at Rapid Bay the main depth range for this alga is between 3 and 8m.
I find it both attractive and frustrating.
It is quite ornamental on close viewing.
But I can stare for minutes at a single clump like this one, expecting to see at least some sort of small, highly evolved, strongly associated and very cryptic fish species such as one of the poorly researched 'kelp clingfish', but I never do !
(Very occasionally I might see 1 or 2 juvenile pipefish in Stigmatopora genus, but even they are as or more likely to be observed on numerous other types of algae ,and on or in seagrass.)
But I shall persist ,because having learned how very difficult it is to spot 'grass clingfish' on seagrass blades (e.g. at Normanville 'hotspot' there are at least 3 species,but even in clear calm sunlit shallows getting an image is almost impossible because the instant a lens is pointed at them they duck behind the blade where they are next to invisible to the diver and are still easily able to keep an eye on you by peering around one edge of the narrow green blade!
Swimming in ever accelerating circles around a small seagrass outlier clump that you KNOW is home to several grass clingfish because they've ogled you from a safe distance as you approached, is a complete waste of effort and I imagine they must be snickering as you make an utter fool of yourself !!
Plan B is useless, too: gently using a gloved hand to encircle every green blade in one of the smallest clumps of seagrass, still with 1 or more clingfish hiding in it (and with nowhere for them to flee to,because such outlier seedling clumps are usually surrounded by a desert of white sand populated by 'nasties' e.g. crabs, flatheads, and goatfish) and slowly 'milking ' the hand upwards does force the little greenies towards the upper tips of their chosen blade(s)....but asa my hand has reached the upper ends of the tallest grass blades the clingfish ,with an amazing and sudden burst of speed, swim back down the water column and around the gloved hand ,and reinstate themselves near the base of the clump!
Full credit where credit's due: Most of these thin, tiny ,greenish brown niche habitat specialists have never even seen a diver, let alone experienced the above idiotic behaviour by this eco-diver and fish photographer, but they are VERY fast learners!
[No dry comments about diver IQ from @saschaschulz ,please !]
There was a time, when I first noticed these grass clingfish by chance while imaging pipefish in the same 'seagrass outlier clumps', that I assumed they must have another trick up their sleeve such as burying in the sand at clump's base once milked off the top of their grass blades.
But they don't, or at least I've never seen such behaviour and I now know that if I admit defeat and back off a half metre I will again find them hiding behind/among the same green blades, perhaps a bit closer to the seagrass rhizome's base, but essentially right where I first saw them!!
But...we dive 'hotspot' again tomorrow....hmm...!???!

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Ornate Facelinid Austraeolis ornata

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marinejanine

Date

August 7, 2014 10:58 AM ACST

Description

Juvenile.

Found by J. Baker in a Sargassum sample collected under permit at 10m deep, from eastern Gulf St Vincent, off Wirrina.

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davidsando

Date

April 9, 2021 01:06 PM ACST

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davidsando

Date

April 9, 2021 12:37 PM ACST

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Crested Pipefish Histiogamphelus briggsii

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davemmdave

Date

January 3, 2016 02:42 PM ACDT

Description

Adult is the obvious subject.[And I wonder if there may be a very small juvenile, poorly seen in foreground,below adult subject and slightly to L of mid image (weed makes it even harder to decide),however it is just as likely to be artefact from detrital grass. But I mention such things,don't I ?!?)]
Dive from shore @ 'hotspot' near jetty.

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Saori's Sea Star Nectria saoria

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davemmdave

Date

February 22, 2009 09:04 PM ACDT

Description

On scuba dive, depth ~10m

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Bryozoans Phylum Bryozoa

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w_martin

Date

April 3, 2021 01:19 PM AEDT

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Bryozoans Phylum Bryozoa

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w_martin

Date

April 3, 2021 01:22 PM AEDT

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Brown Algae Class Phaeophyceae

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w_martin

Date

April 3, 2021 01:23 PM AEDT

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davemmdave

Date

April 8, 2021 01:47 PM ACST

Description

Showing clearly the striking zigzag appearance of the main axes of this common canopy brown algae.

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dsm

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Common Grass Blue Zizina labradus

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davidsando

Date

April 11, 2021 02:01 PM ACST

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Dog Vomit Slime Mold Fuligo septica

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debsa59

Date

March 19, 2021 09:43 AM ACDT

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Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii

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debsa59

Date

March 19, 2021 12:38 PM ACDT

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Giant Kelp Macrocystis pyrifera

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debsa59

Date

March 21, 2021 01:42 PM ACDT

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Singing Honeyeater Gavicalis virescens

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debsa59

Date

March 20, 2021 04:06 PM ACDT

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Maerl Lithothamnion corallioides

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davemmdave

Date

July 4, 2020 01:25 PM ACST

Description

SUBJECT for ID is the calcareous algae coating top of the sponge.

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marinejanine

Date

March 16, 2016 07:18 PM ACDT

Description

Unusual colour form (pink and khaki). Sea spider was 1cm across when legs were not contracted.

1m deep, at low tide. Found in sample of mixed brown and red algae, collected under permit.

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Margin-winged Stick Insect Ctenomorpha marginipennis

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furry12

Date

October 15, 2020 09:59 PM ACDT

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mtank

Date

April 2, 2021 02:55 PM ACDT

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Boring Sponges Family Clionaidae

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mtank

Date

April 2, 2021 02:41 PM ACDT

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Western Cleaner Clingfish Cochleoceps bicolor

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davemmdave

Date

March 29, 2021 11:32 AM ACDT

Description

IMAGE 1: Subject is @ centre of frame and is on the flank of one of the adult Rough Bullseyes in this little huddle of fish beside a jetty pile about 2 metres above the bottom. The protruding grey sponge is the most likely station choice for a WCC in this scenario.

IMAGE 2:The silvery fish with yellow tail is the juvenile Silver Trevally featured in an earlier submission from this dive, but the Western Cleaner Clingfish remains on a Rough Bullseye.[Heavily cropped natural light image so zooming needed to see the blurry but definite side profile of the host WCC]. Although I didn't see any cleaning of the trevally by the WCC I have no doubt(with hindsight) from its behaviour that the trevally sought cleaning by this WCC or another WCC on the several nearby WCC stations.
WCCs are absolutely critical for the health of many inshore bony fishes.

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danimations

Date

June 2, 2019 12:45 AM ACST

Description

I don't this this is a Southern bobtail squid.

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Moonlighter Tilodon sexfasciatus

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davemmdave

Date

March 29, 2021 12:45 PM ACDT

Description

Adult with blind R eye from a fisher's hook .The rusting hook remains embedded in orbital base . The fish behaved quite normally, but its life expectancy would surely be reduced by (e.g.) greater predation risk.

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Small-kite Moth Autarotis milvellus

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ellurasanctuary

Date

March 25, 2021

Description

~6mm long, ~14mm wingspan
Small-kite Moth (Autarotis milvellus)

1st Known Live On-line Photo

Found on Don Herbison-Evans' @donhe thumbnail page:
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/cram/milvellus.html

Previously known from Southern WA, Southern NSW & Qld. SA is between so a sensible range link.

In 2 Bold BINS, with the WA specimens separated from the Eastern States finds. Possibly sub-species that haven't been described.
http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?searchMenu=taxonomy&query=+Autarotis+milvellus+&taxon=+Autarotis+milvellus+

2nd https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/72203629
3rd https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/72203750

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Elongate Flounder Ammotretis elongatus

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scubawayne

Date

March 2, 2019 09:05 AM ACDT

Description

hiding on sandy bottom, 14m depth

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Goblinfish Glyptauchen panduratus

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scubawayne

Date

May 19, 2017 07:28 PM ACST

Description

so weird

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Southern Sea Mouse Aphrodita australis

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scubawayne

Date

December 17, 2019 08:37 PM ACDT

Description

crawling along the bottom at LOW speed

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Beaked Salmon Gonorynchus greyi

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scubawayne

Date

December 17, 2019 08:23 PM ACDT

Description

I rarely see these

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Yellow Choirboys Genus Pycnoclavella

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scubawayne

Date

December 30, 2020 11:03 AM ACDT

Description

Colonial ascidians

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Goblinfish Glyptauchen panduratus

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scubawayne

Date

January 24, 2021 08:37 PM ACDT

Description

night dive, freaking freaky fish

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Hydrozoans Class Hydrozoa

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scubawayne

Date

February 10, 2021 07:53 PM ACDT

Description

jelly fish at night mid water, Jimbles?

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scubawayne

Date

November 1, 2020 09:08 AM ACDT

Description

10m depth

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Adelaide Weedfish Heteroclinus adelaidae

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jimbobo

Date

January 12, 2010 04:01 PM HST

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Southern White-spot Octopus Callistoctopus bunurong

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jimbobo

Date

January 7, 2010 11:03 PM HST

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Hairy-legged Hermit Crab Paguristes sulcatus

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jimbobo

Date

December 31, 2010 07:13 PM HST

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Clown Doris Ceratosoma amoenum

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sascha_schulz

Date

December 31, 2018

Description

Beginning of dive 11PM, end 2AM

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Bluefin Leatherjacket Thamnaconus degeni

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scubawayne

Date

March 12, 2021 10:30 AM ACDT

Description

Swimming around some weed, 4m depth, 20oC

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steve_reynolds

Date

November 1, 2019 10:36 AM ACDT

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Bluespot Goby Pseudogobius olorum

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davemmdave

Date

June 5, 2019 10:23 PM ACST

Description

Collected under permit using handnet in lower Bungala River estuary. Specimen submitted to the S.A museum. Common in the lower estuary concerned.

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mtank

Date

March 17, 2021 02:27 PM ACDT

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mtank

Date

March 19, 2021 03:15 PM ACDT

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Variable Snake Blenny Ophiclinus ningulus

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davemmdave

Date

April 14, 2019 07:00 PM ACST

Description

Multiple pics of one individual watching me from lower aspect of a jetty pile.

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dsm

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mlssa

Date

January 1, 1990

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davemmdave

Date

May 2, 2006 09:07 PM ACST

Description

The subject is the small green-grey-blue shiny stalked algae at low centre. I think it is a young plant of Apjohnia laetevirens but I am not sure. Whatever algae it is, it was not rare but rather uncommon, during this ~14 daylong dedicated dive and snorkel trip to this remote offshore island group. When I did encounter it, it was usually in shallowest sub-tidal depths. I think this image was via snorkel in Groper Bay, Flinders Island, but I might have been doing a shallow shore based scuba dive, because we [NB: My buddy was top-order, in the form of Scoresby Shepherd. You betcha I'm boasting, loudly and proudly. What a privilege ! ] tended to alternate between scuba and snorkeling while sharing communal rental quarters just above the beach for that part of the trip.

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Mcneill's Coral Australaraea mcneilli

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davemmdave

Date

March 20, 2019 03:52 PM ACDT

Description

SMITH BAY dive from Arriba.

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Anemone Cone Conus anemone

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mlssa

Date

January 1, 1990

Description

???

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Azure Kingfisher Ceyx azureus

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reiner

Date

February 24, 2021 07:15 PM AEDT

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Zebrafish Girella zebra

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davemmdave

Date

March 2, 2021 04:08 PM ACDT

Description

First 5 images, in sequence, are of 2 juvenile Moonlighters cleaning several adult Zebrafish (which are in client pose in some images, until my approach disturbs the interaction).

NB: Last 5 images are those same sequential images, as CROPPED VERSIONS

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Sea Squirts Class Ascidiacea

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davemmdave

Date

November 5, 2010 07:38 PM ACDT

Description

Subject at centre. Irregularly lumpy quite extensive soft invertebrate colony on upper section of large rock's almost vertical overhang with heavy shade just beneath this level. Shallow subtidal snorkel at cliffs base,Carrickalinga. Shore entry via walking track from North Bay car park.(This is part of a Green Sanctuary Zone in the Carrickalinga Cliffs MPA since 2014.Personal observation: reef species and commercial scalefish numbers and sizes have rallied noticeably within the 4 years since this Green Zone was gazetted.I do not have photos of the example I'm about to give but it 'says it all' as far as I'm concerned: In January 2017 I watched a dive buddy from UK 'play with' a large male Bluethroat Wrasse for some minutes.This was during a boat dive midway between Myponga and Carrickalinga beaches i.e. in middle of the 'no take' Green Zone .He was enthralled by the size, colors and inquisitive antics of the wrasse which showed no fear and kept returning to check him out! I had never seen mature male Bluethroat Wrasse behave like that anywhere in my LGA (which includes all of Yankalilla Bay and Coweelunga Bay) before that.I had only seen such behaviour in this species when I was diving and snorkeling on remote offshore island reefs rarely visited by fishers and spearos.The obvious reason being the dominant males are first to take the hook or spear so the attrition rate is much higher for males than females. Being wrasses and being strongly site associated the one breeding male for each harem often enjoys a very short reproductively active life and seldom attains full size.The largest female transitions to assume male role then suffers same fate.I detail this for 3 reasons.#1:Green Zones do achieve great things and quickly.#2:We soon realize the 'big' male wrasses we'd been thinking were at or near the species' maximum length were actually quite small.And #3:Apply this scenario to SA's largest site-associated(territorial) bony fish of rock reefs , the iconic Western Blue Groper (a wrasse)and it becomes obvious that species needs state-wide full protection status urgently.I do not exaggerate in saying the health and balance of life both plant and animal on virtually all reefs in SA depends on the viability of our top order wrasses.(Apologies for preaching to the many converted on iNat but I like to think at least a few new participants might learn from we oldies where shifting baselines are concerned😑)

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davemmdave

Date

February 27, 1993

Description

[Another old slide scan,date very aproximate!] Subject is the striped sea louse on head of blenny.

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mtank

Date

February 16, 2021 03:29 PM ACDT

Description

The organism on the antenna of the sea centipede.

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mtank

Date

February 19, 2021 03:08 PM ACDT

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debaston

Date

March 6, 2020 10:56 AM AEST

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Smallfin Clingfish Parvicrepis parvipinnis

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debaston

Date

February 24, 2021

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davemmdave

Date

March 22, 2002

Description

I posted a similar pic of this animal months ago but had very inaccurate date then.This is correct date.I'll merge the obs asap.

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Coastal Wattle Acacia longifolia ssp. sophorae

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davemmdave

Date

February 21, 2021 03:41 PM ACDT

Description

No close photos but the 2nd photo incidentally includes a helicopter hovering low over the beach. SLSC event with many participants in and on the water so the presence of dolphins led to a precautionary fly-in to confirm absence of sharks.

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Harlequin Red Bug Dindymus versicolor

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davemmdave

Date

March 6, 2011 01:40 AM ACDT

Description

Lateral view of one of these seasonally very common predators.

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Western Long-spined Sea Urchin Centrostephanus tenuispinus

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danimations

Date

May 4, 2020 07:04 PM ACST

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davemmdave

Date

February 11, 2021 01:36 PM ACDT

Description

Very common here.

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sonja39

Date

January 7, 2021 06:06 PM ACDT

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Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax varius

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davemmdave

Date

February 24, 1974

Description

VERY old slide scan images,taken (I think) with a Nikonos 2 using that camera's standard 35 mm lens and probably no strobe. I was doing a solo dive under the outer jetty,and when I saw this bird I was near the bottom just inshore of the T-junction.(There was only one jetty of course back then,and it was fully operational. However recreational diving was usually permitted on the many days -usually weekends-when no ships were docked or loading.And there was an excellent ,solid metal and wooden platform about half way below main jetty level and water level,with steps at each end, so fully kitted divers could easily enter and exit.The platform was on the shore-ward side of the ENE arm of the jetty's 'T-piece',and all the ships taking on the limestone ore always berthed on the deeper,dredged seaward side,so it was quite a safe and very convenient way to dive this jetty without needing a trailer boat.Long walk to get from car park to entry platform,mind you!) Anyway,I was there to take pics of fish and invertebrate marine life,but got lucky when this shag swam past me ,grabbed a small fish out of a school near the bottom-something like a juvenile Australian Herring,I think- near the bottom,and then swam back past me to the surface where it either ate it or took it to feed its babies.
[NB:date very approximate but is recorded in my dive logs and probably in MLSSA's Photo Index of SA marine life]

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Insects Class Insecta

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sarinozi

Date

January 27, 2021 11:08 AM ACDT

Description

lots of miner damage on these young mangroves

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davemmdave

Date

February 2, 2021 03:35 PM ACDT

Description

First 2 images are uncropped and cropped from one photo.
Last 2 images are uncropped and cropped from another photo taken from almost the same point (both uncropped images look inland from a knoll en route to Deep Creek Cove and include some of the Deep Creek riparian corridor as part of the scenery).
Seeking serenity?

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davemmdave

Date

February 2, 2021 03:58 PM ACDT

Description

Medium to large dense shrubs ,not uncommon at lower elevations along the track from Trig Campground to Deep Creek Cove.

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davemmdave

Date

November 27, 2004

Description

[Old slide scan,date very approximate,location accurate]
Dive was mainly under shore-ward end of jetty, but when I ventured a few metres westwards looking for interesting life-forms on and within the jumble of rusting structural beams, wooden pile stumps,and sundry other shallow subtidal junk near the jetty base I found some interesting worms. Apparently this chiton species is only found living in close association with this type of worm,and anyway the worms themselves were new to me.I took multiple pics of the quite tall,robust but rather jittery worms(which quickly retracted fully into the muddy silty soft bottom at first hint of any disturbance such as swirls and eddies generated by my fins).Only after succeeding in getting passable worm pics did I notice this chiton (and perhaps one other similar chiton on another such worm) which caught my eye because it was actually on the worm's casing and I saw the worm vanish(quickly retract as I got close) and slowly re-emerge ,several times,and the chiton was always in the same spot on the worm tube.

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Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena

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debsa59

Date

December 24, 2016 02:49 PM ACDT

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Red-capped Robin Petroica goodenovii

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debsa59

Date

April 12, 2014 05:21 PM ACST

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Cockatiel Nymphicus hollandicus

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debsa59

Date

April 21, 2014 12:16 PM ACST

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trekh

Date

April 14, 2019 04:01 PM ACST

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Common Ringtail Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus

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rfoster

Date

January 26, 2021 03:25 PM ACDT

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Little Grassbird Poodytes gramineus

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rfoster

Date

January 25, 2021 06:18 PM ACDT

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Pink-eared Duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus

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rfoster

Date

January 25, 2021 04:32 PM ACDT

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Jockey's Cap Prostanthera striatiflora

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phalloides

Date

September 18, 2017 11:38 PM ACST

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Wild Parsnip Trachymene glaucifolia

Observer

phalloides

Date

September 5, 2017 11:03 AM ACST

Description

Near Streitberg Ridge, via Mt Painter, on ridgetop.

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Common Weedfish Heteroclinus perspicillatus

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marinejanine

Date

January 19, 2021 02:16 PM ACDT

Description

Banded form of this species, which is variable in markings.

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Southern Calamari Squid Sepioteuthis australis

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davemmdave

Date

December 5, 2015 12:51 PM ACDT

Description

4 pics from a MLSSA dive, 3 being of a few adult squid under or near the old jetty and the last being a view from new jetty downwards towards old jetty on walk back to car park area.

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Hoodwinker Mola Mola tecta

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rfoster

Date

January 10, 2021

Description

Photographs by Reid family - reproduced with permission

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Moonlighter Tilodon sexfasciatus

Observer

davemmdave

Date

January 19, 2021 04:56 PM ACDT

Description

Yet another small juvenile, adding to the considerable numbers in the littoral pools and channels and shallow sublittoral adjoining areas as the tide rises.
NB: Of course it is inevitable that one will see certain individuals repeatedly during a 1.5 - 2 hour snorkel within an area of only about 100 m by 200 m. However as numbers build one can often see 1-2 individuals in any direction one cares to look- forwards, behind, L+R - such that you know you're surrounded by ~ 5-8 very small juveniles at any time and at any particular site (although they tend to be sparser towards middle of large, pure grass meadows where rocks and sandy breaks are absent). So the odds are that each of my submissions of this species from this snorkel are different individuals.
Is this worth noting? Yes, because the juveniles are well known facultative aka part-time cleaner hosts for many other inshore fishes, thus must play a very important ecological health role in our more protected coastal waters.
Anecdotally I find their inshore biomass, even when viewed in context of sheer numbers alone, astonishing.
Ergo further research would seem a highly worthy goal, for the aspiring temperate marine biology student AND for the arch-typical( ?mythical or rare?!) eminent professors, who -please forgive my ignorance, for it is that ,not envy- can appear to we amateurs to be trapped in the rewarding but narrowly focused realm of aquaculture for top-end commercial scale-fish species.
(I could simply say this is one of my favorite Great Southern Reef fish taxa!)

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Yellow Choirboys Genus Pycnoclavella

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trekh

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March 20, 2019 10:45 AM ACDT

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davidsando

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January 15, 2021 09:07 AM ACDT

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fruiting after fire

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davidsando

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January 15, 2021 09:24 AM ACDT

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on sand under Eucalyptus incrassata and Hysterobaeckea behrii

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davidsando

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January 14, 2021 05:43 PM ACDT

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seed shed from fruit capsules