Monday, February 23, 2009

Penguin Island marine life (3)

One last post about the marine life Paul and I saw at Penguin Island.

Tarwhine (Rhabdosargus sarba)
They were hanging around in the same spot as the big school of tailors that I wrote about in my last post. The tailors swam near the surface; the tarwhine near the sandy bottom.

Western striped trumpeters (Pelates octolineatus)
I have seen a school of western striped trumpeters both times I snorkeled at the north-east side of the island. So they are regulars there I guess. But still, nothing beats the HUGE school of western striped trumpeters that I bumped into at South Cottesloe!

False Tasmanian blenny (Parablennius intermedius)
or Eyecheek blenny (Parablennius postomaculomaculatus) ?
I found this one and shortly after, another smaller one, perching on the reef surface when I was snorkeling at the west side of the island. It was about 5 cm in length. The blenny has two yellow antennae, called "cirri", over its eyes. And it has large eyes that can swivel in different directions.

Red-lipped morwong (Cheilodactylus rubrolabiatus)

1. Moonlighter (Tilodon sexfasciatum)
2. Zebra fish (Girella zebra)
3. Garfish (Hyporhampus melanochir)(?) - This fish has an elongated lower jaw.
4. Western talma (Chelmonops curiosus)

Other fishes sighted but not photographed or that images not shown here include old wives, stripeys, gobbleguts, blue-spotted goatfish and banded toadfish (toadies).

to JimSwims, a Dive-Oz forum member, who id the blenny as Eyecheek Blenny.

1. Beneath Busselton Jetty (2003) by Ann Storrie, Sue Morrison & Peter Morrison
2. Australian Marine Life (2000) by Graham J Edgar
3. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia (1986) by Barry Hutchins & Roger Swainston

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