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Threadsail Filefish Stephanolepis cirrhifer
2014-06-13 09:04:41

The threadsail filefish (Stephanolepis cirrhifer) is a fish species found in the western Pacific from northern Japan to the East China Sea. Usually found near the seabed at depths of 33 feet. Juveniles generally shelter themselves within the safety of drifting seaweed to hide from predators. It is a migratory fish that can move over 62 miles between feeding and spawning grounds. The...

Peters Elephantnose Fish Gnathonemus petersii
2014-06-09 10:53:30

Peter’s elephantnose fish (Gnathonemus petersii) is an African freshwater species of fish, named after someone called Peter (most likely Wilhelm Peters) as the Latin name petersii verifies. These fish are native to the rivers of West and Central Africa, mainly in the Niger River, Ogun River and upper Chari River. The habitat it prefers is muddy, slow moving water with submerged branches...

Stargazer Uranoscopidae
2014-06-09 09:36:03

The stargazer is a family of fish of the Uranoscopidae family. There are about 51 species of stargazer fish in eight genera. They are found worldwide in shallow saltwater. One species of stargazer is extinct, the Astroscopus countermani. A cranium was found of this species in the Calvert Cliffs of Maryland, and is very similar to the living stargazers of today. The stargazer has eyes on top...

Central Mudminnow Umbra limi
2014-06-05 13:20:20

The central mudminnow (Umbra limi) is a species of freshwater fish found in central and eastern North American lakes, streams and wetlands. Its range includes the Appalachian Mountains, St Lawrence River, The Great Lakes, Hudson Bay and many other centrally located waters and tributaries. They prefer slow moving marshland, around ponds and rivers, but with their habitat being destroyed by human...

Atlantic Stargazer Uranoscopus scaber
2014-06-05 10:28:52

The Atlantic stargazer (Uranoscopus scaber) is a subtropical fish species that is widespread along the Atlantic coasts of Europe and Africa. It is also common in the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea. It inhabits the sandy or muddy sediments of the continental shelf at depths of 46 to 1,300 feet. The body of the Atlantic stargazer is somewhat flat and is usually eight to twelve inches long....

Spotted Stingaree Urolophus gigas
2014-06-02 16:03:43

The spotted stingaree (Urolophus gigas) is a shallow water ray from the coast of southern Australia. It is a rare species inhabiting the rocky reefs, seagrass beds and has also been found in estuaries. The range of the spotted stingaree is from Albany, Western Australia, Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Bass Strait and the northern Tasmanian coast. It is a bottom-dweller of the continental shelf and...

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
2014-05-27 15:19:19

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an American National Park located in the two states of North Carolina and Tennessee. The Great Smoky Mountains, from which the park received its name, are part of a small section of the Appalachian Mountain chain known as the Blue Ridge Mountains. The park holds 522,419 acres of federally protected land and was established in 1934, although Congress had...

Brown Tree Frog Litoria ewingii
2014-05-26 13:45:47

The Brown Tree Frog (Litoria ewingii) is a species of tree frog endemic to most of southern Victoria, eastern South Australia, southern New South Wales, throughout Tasmania, including Bass Strait Islands, where it is the most frequently encountered frog in that state. It has been introduced to New Zealand, where it can be locally abundant. This frog can reach 45 millimeters long. It is pale...

Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog Litoria fallax
2014-05-26 10:53:47

The Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog (Litoria fallax) is a small and very common tree frog located on the eastern coast of Australia, from around Cairns, Queensland, to around Ulladulla, New South Wales. Individuals of this species are often found somewhere else, having been accidentally relocated by transported fruit boxes. Confirmed sightings of breeding pairs have confirmed their survival in...

Freycinets Frog Litoria freycineti
2014-05-26 10:47:29

Freycinet’s Frog (Litoria freycineti), also commonly known as the Wallum Rocket Frog, lives in coastal areas from Fraser Island, Queensland, south to the Jervis Bay Territory of New South Wales. It is a variable species of frog, reaching 45 millimeters long. It is usually brown on the dorsal surface with large lighter or darker colored patches or raised dots; in some specimens, these...

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