australian fish id needed

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Postby scottg » Thu May 27, 2010 5:26 pm

Photographed in shallow water in Australia.. even the general type of fish would be useful

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Postby smb2 » Thu May 27, 2010 7:25 pm

I'm guessing a Lord Howe Butterfly.
Amphichaetodon howensis
Although they are supposed to be a deep water butterfly.
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Postby DevilDiver » Thu May 27, 2010 9:00 pm

I agree with smb2.

Found along the east coast of Australia, around Lord Howe Island, and down the east coast of Northland in New Zealand, at depths of between 10 and 150 m
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Postby scottg » Fri May 28, 2010 4:16 am

thanks guys, but I've positively identified it as a Moonlighter, Tilodon sexfasciatus - with the help of an Australian :)

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Postby DevilDiver » Fri May 28, 2010 5:49 am

Good job!

O well, I found some cool Australian fish ID sites in the process. :D
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Postby smb2 » Fri May 28, 2010 6:25 pm

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Postby Fishtracker » Sat May 29, 2010 2:32 am

Hi Guys,
First time here on the forum. This fish is actually an adult Moonlighter. It is closely related to the butterflyfishes but belongs to the Mado family.
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