Nine new records from Christmas Island!

Hickson Fergusson has been racking up new records for Christmas Island. Thankyou @hix!
Hickson's recent observation of an Orangeline Wrasse Halichoeres hartzfeldii (left image) is the first observation of this species from Christmas Island.
Hickson moved to Christmas Island almost 2 ½ years ago and has since done 104 dives. All the new fish records have been added since he moved. Hickson stated, "The first I found was Neoniphon sammara, within a couple of weeks of arriving, but it took a few months before I could get a photograph with its dorsal fin raised. As far as I can tell, there are only two in Flying Fish Cove, and I saw them again earlier this month, still in the same general area as they were two years ago."
In addition to documenting new occurrences of fish species at Christmas Island, Hickson has supplied underwater photos to JP Hobbs (Curtin University) that have helped in research that has documented 15 hybrid crosses involving 27 species across eight families. So far, eight of the 15 hybrid crosses have been genetically confirmed.
Reference:
Hobbs, JP. & G.R. Allen. 2014 Hybridisation among coral reef fishes at Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Raffles Bulleting of Zoology. Supplement No. 30: 220–226
Posted by markmcg markmcg, March 26, 2018 04:39

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@jemina FYI :)

Posted by markmcg over 4 years ago (Flag)

Fantastic work! @hix

Posted by henrick over 4 years ago (Flag)

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