Stinkfish Spawning

The water is warm and the Stinkfish are hot.
In January 2018, Henrick Michael took this terrific image of two Painted Stinkfish spawning at Maroubra, southern Sydney.
In addition to four still images, Henrick also managed to capture some fantastic video footage of this behaviour.
Henrick stated that "they rise to the surface, release their gametes, then lightning fast go back to the sea floor. I saw this occur 4 times ".
Three months earlier, Henrick recorded an observation of two male Painted Stinkfish sparring.
Older records of Painted Stinkfish spawning include the 2009 observation made by Sascha Schulz.
The Painted Stinkfish is endemic to Australia. It occurs in sub-tropical and temperate marine waters from the southern Queensland coast, around the south of the country to the central coast of Western Australia. It may potentially also occur in northern Queensland waters.
Publicado el jueves, 25 de enero de 2018 a las 05:39 AM por markmcg markmcg

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Thanks @markmcg Glad to be in the first article for 2018!

Anotado por henrick hace cerca de 6 años

@henrick, Nice one Henrick. I learn something every day about the wonderful Marine life. Thanks. Ken

Anotado por ken_flan hace cerca de 6 años

You certainly 'earned it' @henrick. It's a great observation. The journal posts will become more regular now that I am back from leave. :)

Anotado por markmcg hace cerca de 6 años

@henrick, By the way Henrick, I think we should start lobbying to change the name of this beautiful fish, it doesn't deserve such a Stinky moniker. Ken

Anotado por ken_flan hace cerca de 6 años

@ken_flan Indeed!

Anotado por henrick hace cerca de 6 años

Callionymids are also called dragonets but the standard name of this species is Painted Stinkfish. The two other common names it has been called are Butterfly Dragonet and Painted Dragonet. My feeling is that the latter would be a better standard name. :)

Anotado por markmcg hace cerca de 6 años

@markmcg, @henrick, Hi Mark & Henrick. I couldn't agree more. I think Painted Dragonet is much more fitting for this beautiful fish. I always feel lucky to see one, their colours are lovely. When I show people photos of them, they say what are they, they're beautiful & I have to say it's a Painted Stinkfish, they reply normally with REALLY, what a shocking name. My vote 'Painted Dragonet'. Thanks Ken.

Anotado por ken_flan hace cerca de 6 años

@ken_flan Standard names are reviewed periodically by a committee. http://seafoodstandards.com.au/fish-names/Pages/committee.aspx

Anotado por markmcg hace cerca de 6 años

I love how the seafood people get to decide on inedible fish...

Anotado por sascha_schulz hace cerca de 6 años

@sascha_schulz, Yes, I noticed that also. You can bet if they were on the Menu, Stinkfish would be changed pretty quickly. You could just imagine the restaurant staff, Sir/Madam, how was your Stinkfish? Ken

Anotado por ken_flan hace cerca de 6 años

:-)

Anotado por sascha_schulz hace cerca de 6 años

@ken_flan ... and what wine would Sir like with his stinkfish? :)

Anotado por markmcg hace cerca de 6 años

@markmcg, good point, I think Sir would choose a nice cask of Coolibah Chardy, would be appropriate for Stinkfish accompaniment. Ken.

Anotado por ken_flan hace cerca de 6 años

Does that come in the 5 litre goon bag?

Anotado por sascha_schulz hace cerca de 6 años

Beer batter stinkfish anyone?

Anotado por henrick hace cerca de 6 años

Ha. Sounds like a whole new gastronomic experience. :)

Anotado por markmcg hace cerca de 6 años

@henrick, @markmcg, @sascha_schulz, It's obvious to me, judging from these comments, that Stinkfish will only be served at high class establishments. Ken

Anotado por ken_flan hace cerca de 6 años

The Romans used to farm freshwater catfish in the sewers that criss-crossed Rome. In the low latin dialect these catfish were known as "shitfish". But hIghly prized by the nobility...

Anotado por sascha_schulz hace cerca de 6 años

'Stinkfish' might also have been an appropriate name, and thus we come full circle. :)

Anotado por markmcg hace cerca de 6 años

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