Exploring a "Tropical Aquarium"

The Indian Ocean on the West Coast of Australia has a current that brings tropical fish down and being in the water here is like being in a tropical aquarium and we explored it at Yallingup, a three hour trip south of Perth.

From fish so green that to see them against the green plants is a fluke, to the fish that look like angel fish and a whole lot of others that were swimming around. The variety in one place is more than I have seen anywhere else.

Naturally I do not know what any of the fish are so started with "fish" but because of the wonderful Australasian Fishes Project, I dropped all of the fishy obs into that and got IDs for alot of them :D

I have selected a few of the different varieties that we saw to show the diversity that is in this one place.

Posted by tangatawhenua tangatawhenua, March 26, 2018 07:38

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Zebrafish (Girella zebra)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 15, 2018 09:28 PM NZDT

Description

Wagging school so on its own :)

Photos / Sounds

What

Western King Wrasse (Coris auricularis)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 15, 2018 09:31 PM NZDT

Description

A stunning fish that blends in with the white sand, but the stripe is the give away.

Photos / Sounds

What

Redlip Morwong (Goniistius rubrolabiatus)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 15, 2018 09:33 PM NZDT

Description

Total guess so probably wrong.

Photos / Sounds

What

Moonlighter (Tilodon sexfasciatus)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 15, 2018 09:34 PM NZDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Old Wife (Enoplosus armatus)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 15, 2018 09:39 PM NZDT

Description

I think this is the correct species because I heard that the ones in WA are a subspecies - something about the top fins being different from the ones in the eastern states.

Photos / Sounds

What

Stripey (Microcanthus strigatus)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 16, 2018 03:24 PM NZDT

Description

Total guess.

Lurking around the bottom

Photos / Sounds

What

Rainbow Cale (Heteroscarus acroptilus)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 16, 2018 09:28 PM NZDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Western Scalyfin (Parma occidentalis)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 16, 2018 09:30 PM NZDT

Description

I think.

Comments

The Western Scalyfin and Moonlighter look more interested in getting there photo taken from you, just like our NZ bombers.. Nice variety , wish i was there.

Posted by rongoa over 4 years ago (Flag)

True @rongoa - but there has not been any that can take the photo bomber title like the culprits at home! LOL

Posted by tangatawhenua over 4 years ago (Flag)

Add a Comment

Sign In or Sign Up to add comments