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Unicorn discovered in Island Bay

On June 27 @kelvinperrie photographed the beach cast carcass of a large leatherjacket not far from the Island Bay Marine Education Centre (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28086555). The somewhat unusual looking fish turned out to be a unicorn or smooth leatherjacket (Aluterus monoceros). Aluterus monoceros is a large species of leatherjacket that attains a maximum total length of at least 76.2 cm and a maximum published weight of 2.7 kg. It is a tropical-subtropical species with a circumglobal distribution. In life adults are coloured pale grey with faint spotting along the back. Juveniles are pelagic and have a complex reticulate colour pattern of pale lines and greyish blotches. The name unicorn leatherjacket refers to the very long, slender dorsal-fin spine located above the eyes. Adult unicorn leatherjackets feed on ...more ↓

Posted on July 03, 2019 23:08 by clinton clinton | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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Provide ongoing documentation of the marine life at Taputeranga Marine Reserve. This project seeks to provide records of species both in the intertidal (walking on the shore at low tide) and subtidal environment (using SCUBA diving, freediving or snorkeling).

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