Stinkfish Spawning

The water is warm and the Stinkfish are hot.
In January 2018, Henrick Michael took this terrific image of two Painted Stinkfish spawning at Maroubra, southern Sydney.
In addition to four still images, Henrick also managed to capture some fantastic video footage of this behaviour.
Henrick stated that "they rise to the surface, release their gametes, then lightning fast go back to the sea floor. I saw this occur 4 times ".
Three months earlier, Henrick recorded an observation of two male Painted Stinkfish sparring.
Older records of Painted Stinkfish spawning include the 2009 observation made by Sascha Schulz.
The Painted Stinkfish is endemic to Australia. It occurs in sub-tropical and temperate marine waters from the southern Queensland coast, around the south of the country to the central coast of Western Australia. It may potentially also occur in northern Queensland waters.
Posted by markmcg markmcg, January 25, 2018 05:39

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Thanks @markmcg Glad to be in the first article for 2018!

Posted by henrick over 4 years ago (Flag)

@henrick, Nice one Henrick. I learn something every day about the wonderful Marine life. Thanks. Ken

Posted by ken_flan over 4 years ago (Flag)

You certainly 'earned it' @henrick. It's a great observation. The journal posts will become more regular now that I am back from leave. :)

Posted by markmcg over 4 years ago (Flag)

@henrick, By the way Henrick, I think we should start lobbying to change the name of this beautiful fish, it doesn't deserve such a Stinky moniker. Ken

Posted by ken_flan over 4 years ago (Flag)

@ken_flan Indeed!

Posted by henrick over 4 years ago (Flag)

Callionymids are also called dragonets but the standard name of this species is Painted Stinkfish. The two other common names it has been called are Butterfly Dragonet and Painted Dragonet. My feeling is that the latter would be a better standard name. :)

Posted by markmcg over 4 years ago (Flag)

@markmcg, @henrick, Hi Mark & Henrick. I couldn't agree more. I think Painted Dragonet is much more fitting for this beautiful fish. I always feel lucky to see one, their colours are lovely. When I show people photos of them, they say what are they, they're beautiful & I have to say it's a Painted Stinkfish, they reply normally with REALLY, what a shocking name. My vote 'Painted Dragonet'. Thanks Ken.

Posted by ken_flan over 4 years ago (Flag)

@ken_flan Standard names are reviewed periodically by a committee. http://seafoodstandards.com.au/fish-names/Pages/committee.aspx

Posted by markmcg over 4 years ago (Flag)

I love how the seafood people get to decide on inedible fish...

Posted by sascha_schulz over 4 years ago (Flag)

@sascha_schulz, Yes, I noticed that also. You can bet if they were on the Menu, Stinkfish would be changed pretty quickly. You could just imagine the restaurant staff, Sir/Madam, how was your Stinkfish? Ken

Posted by ken_flan over 4 years ago (Flag)

:-)

Posted by sascha_schulz over 4 years ago (Flag)

@ken_flan ... and what wine would Sir like with his stinkfish? :)

Posted by markmcg over 4 years ago (Flag)

@markmcg, good point, I think Sir would choose a nice cask of Coolibah Chardy, would be appropriate for Stinkfish accompaniment. Ken.

Posted by ken_flan over 4 years ago (Flag)

Does that come in the 5 litre goon bag?

Posted by sascha_schulz over 4 years ago (Flag)

Beer batter stinkfish anyone?

Posted by henrick over 4 years ago (Flag)

Ha. Sounds like a whole new gastronomic experience. :)

Posted by markmcg over 4 years ago (Flag)

@henrick, @markmcg, @sascha_schulz, It's obvious to me, judging from these comments, that Stinkfish will only be served at high class establishments. Ken

Posted by ken_flan over 4 years ago (Flag)

The Romans used to farm freshwater catfish in the sewers that criss-crossed Rome. In the low latin dialect these catfish were known as "shitfish". But hIghly prized by the nobility...

Posted by sascha_schulz over 4 years ago (Flag)

'Stinkfish' might also have been an appropriate name, and thus we come full circle. :)

Posted by markmcg over 4 years ago (Flag)

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