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Circular Stingaree Urolophus circularis
2014-06-02 12:51:41

The circular stingaree (Urolophus circularis) is a little-known and uncommon species of ray unique to southwestern Australia. Its habitat ranges from rocky bottoms to reefs and sea floors with vegetation. It can be found close to shore as well as at depths of up to 390 feet. Very little information exists on the circular stingaree with only a handful being displayed in museums and few are...

Striped Stingaree Trygonoptera ovalis
2014-06-02 09:59:31

The striped stingaree (Trygonoptera ovalis) is a common species of stingray found along the coast of Western Australia from Eucla to Houtman Abrolhos. It inhabits water depths from 3.3 to 141.1 feet, mainly among rocky bottoms and reefs. It is also found near sandy beaches and beds of sea grass. Compared to other stingrays, the striped stingaree’s pectoral fins (side fins) are more...

Prowfish Zaprora silenus
2014-05-30 12:05:29

The prowfish (Zaprora silenus) is a subtropical species of a perch-like fish found in the northern Pacific Ocean. The range of the prowfish is from the Aleutian Islands, Alaska to Kamchatka, Russia, from Navarin Canyon in the Bering Sea to Hokkaido, Japan and Monterey, California. The preferred habitat of the prowish is rocky bottom at a maximum of 2,200 feet in depth where they spend most of...

Zander Sander lucioperca
2014-01-08 17:45:35

The Zander is found in the fresh and brackish (salt and fresh water mix) waters of Europe and Asia. This fish is closely related to the perch but often mistaken for pike therefore they have been given the label of pike-perch. It was introduced to the British waterways in the 20th century and spread rapidly. It can be harmful to other wildlife making it a predatory fish. The Zander fish is a...

Yellowfin Croaker Umbrina roncador
2014-01-08 15:05:32

The yellowfin croaker can be found in the Gulf of California and Mexico. It is commonly found in bays, channels, harbors, and other near shore waters that have sandy bottoms. It is abundantly found along beaches during the summer and move to deeper waters for the winter. It has an arched back and an elliptical-elongated body with a blunt head. It is iridescent blue-grey in color with brassy...

Bonefish Albula vulpes
2013-10-24 12:23:55

The Bonefish (Albula vulpes) is the type species of the bonefish family Albulidae, the only family in the order Albuliformes. They are sometimes mistaken for ladyfishes, which look similar. Linnaeus initially described the bonefish in 1758. The scientific name can be translated to “white fox”. This Bonefish weighs up to 19 pounds and measures up to 35 inches long. The coloration is...

Bocaccio Sebastes paucispinis
2013-10-22 10:58:24

The Bocaccio (Sebastes paucispinis) is a member of the Sebastidae rockfish family. Other names regarding this species include the Salmon Grouper, Grouper, Tom Cod referring to juveniles, and Slimy. In Greek, sebastes means “magnificent” and paucispinis is Latin for “few spines”. These fish can be found from Stepovak Bay, Alaska to central Baja California, but is mostly abundant from...

Bluefish Pomatomus saltatrix
2013-10-22 10:54:52

The Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) is the only living species of the family Pomatomidae. It is a marine pelagic fish that can be found around the world in temperate and subtropical waters, except for the northern Pacific Ocean. Bluefish are known as tailor in Australia, shad on the east coast of South Africa, and elf on the west coast. Other common names regarding this fish are blue, chopper,...

Tetraodontidae
2013-10-18 12:30:37

Tetraodontidae is a family of mostly marine and estuarine fish belonging to the order Tetraodontiformes. The family includes many familiar species which are variously called pufferfish, balloonfish, globefish, toadfish, toadies, puffers, blowfish, swellfish, sugar toads, and sea squab. They are morphologically similar to the closely related porcupinefish, which have large external spines that...

Black Tetra Gymnocorymbus ternetzi
2013-10-18 12:27:31

The Black Tetra (Gymnocorymbus ternetzi), known also as the Black Skirt Tetra, High-fin Black Skirt Tetra, and the Black Widow Tetra, is a freshwater fish belonging to the characin family Characidae. It is native to the Paraguay and Guapore River basins of southern Brazil, Argentina, and Bolivia. Achieving lengths of about 2.5 inches in total length, the Black Tetra has a tetragonal body...

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