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Australian immigrant spotted on the South Coast.

Congratulations to Donnacha Ó Súilleabháin for his observation of a juvenile magpie perch/magpie morwong (Cheilodactylus nigripes) hiding among paua on the wreck of the Yung Pen, Owhiro Bay, on 14 February (http://naturewatch.org.nz/observations/9862868). Although the first record of this species from New Zealand waters dates back to 1915, relatively few have been observed since then. A close relative of the more familiar red moki (Cheilodactylus spectabilis) this species is common in southern Australia (South Australia, Victoria, southern NSW) where it inhabits coastal reefs between 1-30 m depth. Almost all reports from New Zealand have been from the west coasts of North and South Islands, from Fiordland to Northland, suggesting they arrived here as larvae that were spawned across the Tasman. Most reports have been of individual fish but in December 2004 I found them to be relatively common along the ...more ↓

Posted on February 15, 2018 01:59 AM by clinton clinton | 0 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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