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What

Smooth Toadfish (Tetractenos glaber)

Observer

davemmdave

Date

January 14, 2022 03:28 PM ACDT

Description

There were about 50, all adults, aggregated in this wide open channel on a rising tide with moderate onshore winds but swell below half a metre. Mediocre to poor visibility between sets. Maximum horizontal visibility about 4 metres. Still an interesting (and easy access) shore based snorkel. (As an aside, One usually sees banded as well as sea sweep at this location but on this day I saw only a few immature sea sweep. )

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Observer

mtank

Date

January 11, 2022 04:20 PM ACDT

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What

Narungga Frogfish (Histiophryne narungga)

Observer

mtank

Date

January 11, 2022 04:44 PM ACDT

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What

Banded Weedfish (Heteroclinus whiteleggii)

Observer

harryrosenthal

Date

July 2, 2020 01:43 PM AEST

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Observer

mtank

Date

December 29, 2021 01:26 PM ACDT

Description

Zooids approx 3mm

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What

Pale Mosaic Sea Star (Echinaster arcystatus)

Observer

davemmdave

Date

December 5, 2021 01:02 PM ACDT

Description

Only the one seen on this dive.

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What

Wandering Sea Anemone (Phlyctenactis tuberculosa)

Observer

davemmdave

Date

November 28, 2021 04:12 PM ACDT

Description

At rest at the limestone base of the seagrass scarp which forms the outer edge of Syngnathid Hotspot.
(FTR the term Syngnathid Hotspot is a colloquial one that arose decades ago when the location was usually teeming with a good variety of inshore pipefish species. Back then the large expanse of sandy substrate had many small outlier clumps of seagrass, including Posidonia, Amphibolis and zostera, which is where you could always find the majority of species. Over the last few decades and especially the last few years the outlier plants have become very scarce and often completely absent (with some seasonality as expected, for the first decade or so of decline, but now seemingly perennial absence for several years. This seagrass recession is as or more obvious when diving or snorkeling there, when looking at the edges of the dense meadows along the outer edges. These were once only mildly delineated from the outliers in the sandy parts towards the shallowest subtidal. Now there is a large scarp wherever the outer meadows terminate. The scarp is mostly at least one metre high, in places roughly 1.5 metres. Clearly anthropogenic in the main. Foreshore runoff and the nearby Bungala River outflows are responsible.

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Observer

davemmdave

Date

November 21, 2021 03:53 PM ACDT

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dsm

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What

Magpie Perch (Cheilodactylus nigripes)

Observer

davemmdave

Date

November 21, 2021 03:51 PM ACDT

Description

Subject is the fish resting in the nachos shape sponge. It is a WCC cleaning station, rarely seen unoccupied by one or other clients. Some of the other fish in the 1st image are likely to be waiting their turn for parasite removal.

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What

Crested Hornshark (Heterodontus galeatus)

Observer

harryrosenthal

Date

August 5, 2021 01:04 PM AEST

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Observer

mtank

Date

November 19, 2021 04:19 PM ACDT

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What

Waratah Anemone (Actinia tenebrosa)

Observer

mtank

Date

November 18, 2021 06:47 PM ACDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

October 26, 2021 02:04 PM ACDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

October 26, 2021 01:25 PM ACDT

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What

Eastern Frogfish (Batrachomoeus dubius)

Observer

harryrosenthal

Date

October 22, 2021 11:03 AM AEDT

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What

Australian Elephantfish (Callorhinchus milii)

Observer

davemmdave

Date

April 11, 2015 01:07 PM ACST

Description

Egg case of a primitive shark,possibly an Elephant Shark,as beach wash.

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What

Mcneill's Coral (Australaraea mcneilli)

Observer

davemmdave

Date

October 2, 2021 11:23 AM ACST

Description

I think.
Image 3 gives scale by including a young Blackspotted Wrasse. This true stony colony-forming (but not reef-forming)coral is on inner face of the platform reef directly in line with the end of the jetty.
There are a few smaller colonies of this species only metres southward(and doubtless many more at various points on inner and outer faces of this long-shore platform reef,north and south of jetty.)

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What

Goblinfish (Glyptauchen panduratus)

Observer

mtank

Date

September 28, 2021 01:59 PM ACST

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What

Rosette Barnacle (Tetraclitella purpurascens)

Observer

mtank

Date

August 10, 2021 11:52 AM ACST

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What

Mediterranean Fanworm (Sabella spallanzanii)

Observer

mtank

Date

September 16, 2021 04:08 PM ACST

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What

Eastern Bearded Dragon (Pogona barbata)

Observer

barrymit

Date

September 9, 2021 09:43 AM UTC

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Observer

bluedog21

Date

August 9, 2021 10:40 AM ACST

Description

Sea Spider, dark blue/black with yellow bands on legs, appx 3cms.

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What

Eastern Cleaner Clingfish (Cochleoceps orientalis)

Observer

harryrosenthal

Date

August 21, 2021 01:33 PM AEST

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What

Port Jackson Shark (Heterodontus portusjacksoni)

Observer

harryrosenthal

Date

July 25, 2021 10:33 AM AEST

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Observer

mtank

Date

August 10, 2021 11:53 AM ACST

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What

White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus)

Observer

barrymit

Date

July 9, 2021 01:54 PM UTC

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What

True Velvet Mites (Family Trombidiidae)

Observer

mangoparker

Date

July 18, 2021 09:40 AM ACST

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What

Isopods (Order Isopoda)

Observer

mtank

Date

July 11, 2021 11:30 AM ACST

Description

The iridescent brown/green animal at the top centre of image

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Observer

harryrosenthal

Date

February 15, 2021 10:23 AM AEDT

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What

Harlequin Fish (Othos dentex)

Observer

davemmdave

Date

March 2, 1986 11:43 AM ACDT

Description

Old slide scans, date approximate till I check log books.
Location is Summie's Reef, aka 5 Mile Reef, a popular fishing spot in ~17m depth WSW of the township and not 5 miles offshore, because that name derives from the distance from Normanville jetty.
Boat dive with Greg Perry (who once ran a dive shop in Normanville...great bloke, please come back mate!)

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What

Australian Spindle (Propefusus australis)

Observer

davemmdave

Date

October 4, 2019 04:36 PM ACST

Description

I guess the shell is eating the chiton here.

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dsm

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What

Eastern Red Scorpionfish (Scorpaena jacksoniensis)

Observer

harryrosenthal

Date

April 26, 2020 11:27 AM AEST

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What

Giant Australian Cuttlefish (Sepia apama)

Observer

harryrosenthal

Date

April 2021

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Observer

harryrosenthal

Date

April 20, 2021 12:06 PM AEST

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What

Entoprocts (Phylum Entoprocta)

Observer

mtank

Date

May 24, 2021 10:05 AM ACST

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What

Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii)

Observer

rfoster

Date

May 16, 2021 05:42 PM ACST

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What

Fire-flag Plume Moth (Sphenarches anisodactylus)

Observer

mangoparker

Date

April 30, 2021 10:56 AM ACST

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Flathead Sandfish (Lesueurina platycephala)

Observer

davemmdave

Date

March 20, 2011 03:51 AM ACDT

Description

At end of late afternoon solo snorkel,into twilight, a few of these suddenly appeared 'out of nowhere' as I was about to exit.I guess they had emerged from where they were buried fully in the shallow sand for most of the day, to feed at dusk. Depth 30-40 cm, and they'd only appear for a few seconds following each little swell's shore break. Viz would drop to zero when each wave hit the steep beach but then clear just enough for imaging before next little 'dumper'.

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What

Giant Australian Cuttlefish (Sepia apama)

Observer

davemmdave

Date

July 2011

Description

Over Posidonia australis seagrass with quite heavy epiphyte load.
EPA cuttlefish monitoring trip.

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Observer

mtank

Date

April 7, 2021 02:37 PM ACST

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What

Top Snails (Family Trochidae)

Observer

mtank

Date

April 7, 2021 02:39 PM ACST

Description

Snail to right of image

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Observer

mtank

Date

April 7, 2021 02:40 PM ACST

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What

Overgrowing Tunicates (Family Didemnidae)

Observer

mtank

Date

April 7, 2021 01:34 PM ACST

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Observer

mtank

Date

April 7, 2021 01:46 PM ACST

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What

Zebrafish (Girella zebra)

Observer

davemmdave

Date

March 21, 2021 06:16 PM ACDT

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What

Gunn's Leatherjacket (Eubalichthys gunnii)

Observer

davemmdave

Date

March 21, 2021 06:17 PM ACDT

Description

Shy as always.

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What

Widebody Pipefish (Stigmatopora nigra)

Observer

marinejanine

Date

March 21, 2021 12:28 PM ACDT

Description

Young juvenile. Has head and snout shape of S. nigra, and the adults and sub-adults occur in this area.

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What

Smalltooth Flounder (Pseudorhombus jenynsii)

Observer

marinejanine

Date

March 21, 2021 11:47 AM ACDT

Description

Warm water species. Identified by the distinctive ocelli on body surface, supported by shape of body, head, tail and fins.
This animal had a lesion behind the gill cover.

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What

Compton's Cowrie (Notocypraea comptoni)

Observer

mtank

Date

March 20, 2021 01:23 PM ACDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

March 20, 2021 02:19 PM ACDT

Description

Goniobranchus cf. tinctorius

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Observer

mtank

Date

March 20, 2021 02:20 PM ACDT

Description

Probably R. diaphora, but I'm not convinced it's not R. jugosa

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Observer

mtank

Date

March 20, 2021 02:36 PM ACDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

March 20, 2021 01:12 PM ACDT

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What

Common Stargazer (Kathetostoma laeve)

Observer

davemmdave

Date

March 19, 2021 12:35 PM ACDT

Description

I unwittingly disturbed this small example with my wet-suited knee, what a kerfuffle!

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What

Brick Red Sea Star (Anthaster valvulatus)

Observer

mtank

Date

March 19, 2021 03:47 PM ACDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

March 17, 2021 01:46 PM ACDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

March 17, 2021 02:25 PM ACDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

March 17, 2021 02:27 PM ACDT

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What

Thecate Hydroids (Order Leptothecata)

Observer

mtank

Date

March 17, 2021 02:32 PM ACDT

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What

Crabs, Lobsters, and Allies (Suborder Pleocyemata)

Observer

marinejanine

Date

March 15, 2021 12:26 PM ACDT

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Observer

harryrosenthal

Date

March 1, 2021 10:38 AM AEDT

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What

Common Eastern Froglet (Crinia signifera)

Observer

rfoster

Date

March 7, 2021 02:40 PM ACDT

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What

Verco's Chromodorid (Verconia verconis)

Observer

marinejanine

Date

February 27, 2021 12:39 PM ACDT

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What

Māori Octopus (Macroctopus maorum)

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 2021

Description

My ID is partly reliant on the moderately large size of this octopus.
It showed much interest in the many EMS snorkelers passing over it , and was in only about 2 m depth.

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What

Common Biscuit Star (Tosia australis)

Observer

mtank

Date

February 19, 2021 03:23 PM ACDT

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What

Flamed Limpet (Notoacmea flammea)

Observer

mtank

Date

February 19, 2021 04:12 PM ACDT

Place

Rapid Bay (Google, OSM)

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Observer

mtank

Date

February 19, 2021 04:54 PM ACDT

Place

Rapid Bay (Google, OSM)

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Observer

mtank

Date

February 19, 2021 05:02 PM ACDT

Place

Rapid Bay (Google, OSM)

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What

Giant Jelly Ascidian (Polycitor giganteus)

Observer

mtank

Date

February 17, 2021 02:23 PM ACDT

Description

Juvenile colony

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Observer

mtank

Date

February 17, 2021 02:25 PM ACDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

February 17, 2021 02:49 PM ACDT

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What

Estuary Cobbler (Cnidoglanis macrocephalus)

Observer

mtank

Date

February 17, 2021 03:19 PM ACDT

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What

Whitespotted Anglerfish (Phyllophryne scortea)

Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 15, 2021 01:32 PM ACDT

Description

Dark, in heavy shade, and very cryptic.

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Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 15, 2021 02:10 PM ACDT

Description

Small colony on Amphibolis antarctica.

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Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 15, 2021 12:16 PM ACDT

Description

Small colony ,about 3 cm from top to bottom, on a dead-looking Amphibolis stem protruding from sand in heavy shade.

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What

Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)

Observer

cobaltducks

Date

February 2021

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What

New Zealand Eagle Ray (Myliobatis tenuicaudatus)

Observer

marinejanine

Date

November 9, 2020 10:10 AM ACDT

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Observer

davemmdave

Date

February 10, 2021 04:27 PM ACDT

Description

Poor photo showing many Stigmatopora genus pipefish ,heads up, mainly in L field [plus at least one juvenile Brushtail Pipefish upper RHS].
In Zostera sp. sea-grass near outer limit of 'hotspot'. I think all the Stigs are juveniles or immature,and difficult to pick taxon/?taxa but probably either nigra or argus,nigra being my best guess.

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What

Eastern Red Scorpionfish (Scorpaena jacksoniensis)

Observer

harryrosenthal

Date

November 26, 2020 12:27 PM AEDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

January 31, 2021 03:00 PM ACDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

January 31, 2021 02:18 PM ACDT

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What

True Oysters (Family Ostreidae)

Observer

mtank

Date

January 24, 2021 07:38 PM ACDT

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What

Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus)

Observer

cobaltducks

Date

January 2021

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What

Ladder Ascidian (Botrylloides leachii)

Observer

mtank

Date

January 20, 2021 03:19 PM ACDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

January 19, 2021 04:03 PM ACDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

January 17, 2021 02:19 PM ACDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

January 17, 2021 02:57 PM ACDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

January 17, 2021 03:23 PM ACDT

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Observer

harryrosenthal

Date

January 1, 2021 11:09 AM AEDT

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What

Beautiful Jewel Top Shell (Prothalotia pulcherrima)

Observer

mtank

Date

January 16, 2021 02:06 PM ACDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

January 16, 2021 02:09 PM ACDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

January 16, 2021 03:12 PM ACDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

January 16, 2021 01:51 PM ACDT

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What

Cap-shaped False Limpet (Montfortula rugosa)

Observer

mtank

Date

January 16, 2021 12:53 PM ACDT

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Observer

cobaltducks

Date

January 4, 2021 11:59 AM ACDT

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Observer

davemmdave

Date

January 10, 2021 01:11 PM ACDT

Description

Colony ~25-30 cm diameter, and they can attain 50 cm.

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What

Hoodwinker Mola (Mola tecta)

Observer

rfoster

Date

January 10, 2021

Description

Photographs by Reid family - reproduced with permission

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What

Estuary Cobbler (Cnidoglanis macrocephalus)

Observer

mtank

Date

January 8, 2021 05:25 PM ACDT

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Observer

mtank

Date

January 7, 2021 04:05 PM ACDT

Description

The Scale Worm Lepidonotus melanogrammus is symbiotic with this brittle star, and in this case an individual was hanging around the mouth area - Image #3 and https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/67704528

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What

Western Pacific Purple Sea Urchin (Heliocidaris erythrogramma)

Observer

mtank

Date

January 5, 2021 02:35 PM ACDT