New eel record for Lord Howe Island!

Caitlin Woods submitted this very cool image of a Blackfin Snake Eel, Ophichthus altipennis, taken on a night dive in March 2017. It turns out this species had not previously been recorded from Lord Howe Island.
Caitlin's observation represents a huge range extension for the species.
The Blackfin Snake Eel occurs in tropical and sub-tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is known from Western Australia, the Northern Territory and northern Queensland. It is a burrowing species that usually occurs in shallow waters on soft seabeds.
As if that wasn't enough, Caitlin's sensational image of a Striate Anglerfish with Lord Howe Island's iconic Mounts Lidgbird and Gower in the background, was recently iNaturalist's Observation of the Day.
As if that wasn't enough, Caitlin's sensational image of a Striate Anglerfish with Lord Howe Island's iconic Mounts Lidgbird and Gower in the background, was recently iNaturalist's Observation of the Day.
Congratulations Caitlin!
Posted by markmcg markmcg, March 24, 2017 00:18

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Neat!

Posted by leonperrie over 5 years ago (Flag)

Great stuff!

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