Orangespotted Glidergoby way out of range

A journal post in May 2023 reported on an Orangespotted Glidergoby, Valenciennea puellaris, observed by Eric Schlogl for the first time in Sydney harbor. The observation documented a massive range extension of the species down from One Tree Island, Queensland, over 1100 kilometres to the north.
Also in May, Naomi Springett uploaded the above photo of two Orangespotted Glidergobies. The photograph was taken at Jervis Bay, about 140km south of the observation made by Erik.
Naomi stated, "I first saw this species while working as a divemaster in a different area of the same dive site (The Nursery) and took note as I had recently seen photos of them from Sydney and was intrigued as I knew seeing them in Jervis Bay was unusual, but I couldn't photograph them at the time as I did not have my camera. A few weeks later I was able to get in the water with my camera and spotted this pair hanging around a hole in the sand and was excited to be able to photograph them. I am not sure if it is the same pair I had spotted a few weeks before, but it was interesting to watch them. They were not here for long, when I next managed to return to this dive site the hole was unoccupied. I will be keeping an eye out for them again when the water warms up and our tropical visitors return, this site is one of my favourites so it's always interesting to see something new turn up!"
Thank you Naomi for uploading your observation and documenting yet another tropical species well south of its 'official range'.
Many thanks also go to goby expert Dr Doug Hoese for confirming the identification of these fish.
Publicado el 04 de diciembre de 2023 a las 03:06 AM por markmcg markmcg


What a awesome contribution Naomi!

Anotado por du81iner hace 6 meses

Interresting information. Thanks for posting.

Anotado por lynsh hace 6 meses

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