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Stars and Stripes Leatherjacket, Inv.Gp, Eastern Bight SA(also known as the Beautiful Leatherjacket)
Stars and Stripes Leatherjacket, Inv.Gp, Eastern Bight SA(also known as the Beautiful Leatherjacket)
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David Muirhead While far from rare this leatherjacket species is not often observed by divers here in South Australia because it tends to favor deep offshore rock reefs.But it does occasionally venture up to depths easily divable on air,possibly out of curiosity,not having seen scuba divers at its usual depth of habitat.
David Muirhead Hello,I'm back,actually I never went away (!)
Colonial tunicates as ledge life near entrance to Baird Bay 22-02-2009
Colonial tunicates as ledge life near entrance to Baird Bay 22-02-2009
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Life can be colourful in Baird Bay’s caves; 22-02-2009
Life can be colourful in Baird Bay’s caves; 22-02-2009
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Gorgonian fans in cave @ Baird Bay SA 22-02-2009
Gorgonian fans in cave @ Baird Bay SA 22-02-2009
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Beneath a ledge or cave roof, Baird Bay SA 22-02-2009
Beneath a ledge or cave roof, Baird Bay SA 22-02-2009
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Algal mix @ edge of Baird Bay’s ‘sealion sandpool’ Feb 2009
Algal mix @ edge of Baird Bay’s ‘sealion sandpool’ Feb 2009
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King George Whiting (Sillaginidae) with goatfish Baird Bay SA 22-02-2009
King George Whiting (Sillaginidae) with goatfish Baird Bay SA 22-02-2009
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David Muirhead Silago punctatus [K G Whiting*] [*Spotted Whiting is unarguably a better common species name for the two main interest groups: #1:those pro-an Oz republic and #2:those who prefer sensible descriptive common names for fish i.e. names more relevant to appearance than a long ago deceased Royal's palate...after all, real people with real awareness and a real appreciation for science are already well aware that this very tasty fish's days are numbered wrt wild catch quotas; local and seasonal closures loom for both recreational and commercial fishers( I'm not a pollie, at least where this pin board's concerned!....but I'm a realist, I reckon...) Future market supply of Silago punctate fillets will soon depend on aquaculture, with wild catch quotas gradually fading to near nil, and possibly as catch and release regardless of size or season.
Tosia sp. seastar 22-02-2009 Baird Bay SA
Tosia sp. seastar 22-02-2009 Baird Bay SA
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White-barred Boxfish Baird Bay SA 22-02-2009
White-barred Boxfish Baird Bay SA 22-02-2009
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David Muirhead A more common SA and WA box/cowfish species than many books suggest.
Sunlit kelp (w other brown algae) 22-02-2009 Baird Bay SA
Sunlit kelp (w other brown algae) 22-02-2009 Baird Bay SA

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Venus Bay Jetty’s large inshore sponges 1990 (old l-r scan) dsm i26144
Venus Bay Jetty’s large inshore sponges 1990 (old l-r scan) dsm i26144
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Sealion Australian, inquisitive, Investigator Group, Eastern Bight SA (old scan) dsm i104356
Sealion Australian, inquisitive, Investigator Group, Eastern Bight SA (old scan) dsm i104356

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At Topgallant Island in Eastern Bight SA 2006 dsm i256122.
At Topgallant Island in Eastern Bight SA 2006 dsm i256122.
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SA rock lobster boat sets pots near Ward Island in Inv. Gp, Eastern Bight, SA (old slide scan)
SA rock lobster boat sets pots near Ward Island in Inv. Gp, Eastern Bight, SA (old slide scan)

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Sponges under Venus Bay Jetty Eastern Bight SA (old scan)
Sponges under Venus Bay Jetty Eastern Bight SA (old scan)
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Wrasse Bluethroat male Inv. Gp Eastern Bight SA May 2006
Wrasse Bluethroat male Inv. Gp Eastern Bight SA May 2006
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Stony Coral (P.versicolor) with red algae (etc;typical benthos @ depths of
10-20m) Inv. Gp, Eastern Bight SA (2006)
Stony Coral (P.versicolor) with red algae (etc;typical benthos @ depths of 10-20m) Inv. Gp, Eastern Bight SA (2006)

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Nice Sthn Rock Lobster, all agreed (remote Eastern GAB, SA, old scan)
Nice Sthn Rock Lobster, all agreed (remote Eastern GAB, SA, old scan)
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Ascidians mainly, including large unusual sp., 2006,Inv.Gp, Eastern Bight SA
Ascidians mainly, including large unusual sp., 2006,Inv.Gp, Eastern Bight SA
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Stars and Stripes Leatherjacket( aka Beautiful LJ) Inv. Gp, Eastern Bight SA (old scan)
Stars and Stripes Leatherjacket( aka Beautiful LJ) Inv. Gp, Eastern Bight SA (old scan)

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Silver Trevallies (Pseudocaranx georgianus) 
Venus Bay Jetty SA circa1990
Silver Trevallies (Pseudocaranx georgianus) Venus Bay Jetty SA circa1990
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Zoanthids w bryozoa 
@ abt27m (‘Abalone Hotspot’ Inv.Island Group, Eastern Bight SA(low-res scan circa 1991)
Zoanthids w bryozoa @ abt27m (‘Abalone Hotspot’ Inv.Island Group, Eastern Bight SA(low-res scan circa 1991)

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Zoanthids w bryozoa 
@ abt27m (‘Abalone Hotspot’ Inv.Island Group, Eastern Bight SA (low-res scan circa 1991)
Zoanthids w bryozoa @ abt27m (‘Abalone Hotspot’ Inv.Island Group, Eastern Bight SA (low-res scan circa 1991)

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Western Blue Groper, alpha male, up close
(old SA waters scan)
Western Blue Groper, alpha male, up close (old SA waters scan)
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Western Blue Gropers, all young
Baird Bay SA, Feb 2009
Western Blue Gropers, all young Baird Bay SA, Feb 2009
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Western Blue Groper (larger juv) w zebbies 
20-03-2012 Venus Bay Jetty SA
Western Blue Groper (larger juv) w zebbies 20-03-2012 Venus Bay Jetty SA

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