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CJay

Any Ideas on this Reef critter?

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Found this little fella washed up after the big swells must have been dislodged from the near by reefIMG_0978.thumb.JPG.62b80ff5b0dff5bd1184f49ddee05295.JPG 

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Scratchie or Rickmarlin any ideas? I cant ID this fella for the life of me, even my dive buddy had no idea :huh:

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Never seen one before in my time of fishing and scuba diving

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4 hours ago, CJay said:

Scratchie or Rickmarlin any ideas? I cant ID this fella for the life of me, even my dive buddy had no idea :huh:

 I’m no ID expert. That’s blackfish and/or rick! Pretty little thing though! All I know is the fillets off that wouldn’t feed anyone! :P

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It was washed up on the beach at Belongil in Byron Bay, ive even shown the guys at the dive shop and theyre not sure either?!

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Hey
It looks to me like a species of Centrolophidae but if you don't mind I'll past the picture on to people from the Australian museum with any info you have of its findings/where about/size/etc

They're generally a pelagic species that hang around floating debris/sharks.
I've seen members of the family on sunfish before at the shelf & on oceanic jellyfish species that have been washed into the river - which would explain why you probably have seen them before.



Georgia 

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I cant really find much to Id it on at all hey the guys from the Deep Sea fishing club here have no idea either , alot of juvy reef fish look hell different once they mature its just a shame this fella didnt make it , cant really tell you much Jon apart from it was about 20cm and washed up after the big NE swell , location Belongil Beach just up from Byron Bay at the Wreck :)

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What Joh suggested.

Also Juveniles and adults can look totally different. Take one that came up on FR recently,

Girdled Scaleyfin , adult and Juvenile totally different

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It has the head shape of a Knightfish ? pineapple fish but the dorsal fin is slightly different and colour and pattern not quiet right.

I think it would be in the same family.

Frank

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11 hours ago, JonD said:

Hey
It looks to me like a species of Centrolophidae but if you don't mind I'll past the picture on to people from the Australian museum with any info you have of its findings/where about/size/etc

They're generally a pelagic species that hang around floating debris/sharks.
I've seen members of the family on sunfish before at the shelf & on oceanic jellyfish species that have been washed into the river - which would explain why you probably have seen them before.



Georgia 

I think it probably got washed up from Julian Rocks would be my best bet :)

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Looks like a piranha dressed up ready for a night out on the town 🤣

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On 08/02/2018 at 11:16 AM, Blackfish said:

Oops, sorry Georgia.

What Georgia suggested she would do 

Sorry she hasn't gotten back, she's been flat out and currently away for a few days catching fish for Merimbula aquarium.

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She catches fish for an aquarium as a job? Where do i sign up haha 

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On 10/02/2018 at 9:15 AM, CJay said:

She catches fish for an aquarium as a job? Where do i sign up haha 

Just helping a mate out who left the pump turned off in the biggest tank. Killed kings, sharks, snapper etc (all the big stuff) . To be honest I stayed back and let them have a crack at it themselves to see how they would go, looks like I will need to head down with the rib to try for some of the bigger fish.

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Fish appears to be a juvenile Schedophilus labarinthicus 

if you could upload the pic to inatutalist that would be great 🙂

Georgia

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19 minutes ago, JonD said:

natutalist

I thought it could be in the Trev family but those colours really threw me off, will sign up and upload it for you no worries :)

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