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ID Fish. (Weedfish and Eastern Kelpfish)

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Got a couple more fish ID pics from Jervis Bay. First one I have absolutely no idea on this small fella who I thought was a bit of seaweed on my hook. The second I don't think it's an Eastern Kelpfish as I have caught plenty of those, thinking Rock Cale but I haven't caught one before. Any help would be appreciated, thanking you in advanceIMG_20180421_095641.thumb.jpg.c0ed0dded5349c554071fed14c8cf2ff.jpg

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Bottom one is 100% an eastern kelpfish. Not sure about the top one

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Second one is a rock cale for mind too! First one I’ve never seen! 

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Top one looks like a " Deepwater Seaperch " but the location would be wrong, they are a deep water species as the name suggests. The large eye suggests it may be a deep water species but I doubt you would be fishing deep water.

Frank

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Thanks for the answers guys. I was fishing of the rocks at Plantation Point, Jervis Bay. May have cast long enough to a drop off maybe. 

 

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no 1 is a handfish gets its name from the small hand like fins in front pectoral fins my guess is "Australian Spotted Handfish, Brachionichthys australis"  happy to be corrected

Dave

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Thanks mate I think you are spot on. Happy to see him swim away when I released him back into the water as they are endangered. 

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im with you dave  handfish an a common shitty kelpfish..not rock cale...rick

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The top one is a rosy weedfish.

the bottom one is an Eastern kelpfish.

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I was thinking of a Kelp Weedfish Volitan.

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1 hour ago, Blackfish said:

I was thinking of a Kelp Weedfish Volitan.

Perhaps, but looking at fishesofaustralia.net.au that species has been reported from South Western Australia to Eastern Tasmania, but not in Eastern Victoria or NSW.

Cheers

 

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53 minutes ago, Volitan said:

Perhaps, but looking at fishesofaustralia.net.au that species has been reported from South Western Australia to Eastern Tasmania, but not in Eastern Victoria or NSW.

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Good call.

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The first fish is a crested weedfish, Cristiceps australis, very common in seagrass beds and rockpools.

Colour highly variable.

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On 5/15/2018 at 3:44 PM, Black Bandit said:

The first fish is a crested weedfish, Cristiceps australis, very common in seagrass beds and rockpools.

Colour highly variable.

I was thinking either Cristiceps australis or Cristiceps aurantiacus but someone more knowledgable than I said the First Dorsal was to far back. (I've seen other photos of this fish)

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First fish.

Ok, this one is hard because of Colour variations.

I've heard back from the Uni and the only definite thing it's a Weedfish.

Their closest guess is either,

1) Whitley's Weedfish, Heteroclinus 

or

2) Ogilby's Weedfish, Heteroclinus heptaeolus

Second fish is a Eastern Kelpfish, Chironemus marmoratus

Thanks for posting this up CT.

 

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