Viewing: Coastal species

Feb 23

February 23, 2017

ID of pipefish found at Sellicks Beach

We recently received a request via Facebook from Robbert Alexander‎ to identify a pipefish species that he found on Sellicks Beach. Robbert sent us a photo of the pipefish and we told him that it was “Most likely Stigmatopora argus, the spotted pipefish”. We also gave him a link to the relevant web page for the Australian Museum ( https://australianmuseum.net.au/spotted-pipefish-stigmatopora-argus ).   Robbert agreed with our ID of the pipefish and then sent us several more photos of it. He…

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Feb 18

February 18, 2017

A Few Finds From Around Coffin Bay

Herewith a few finds, most made recently near (the) home (of Brian and Bernadette Saunders of Coffin Bay) : Eggs sacs like balloons on strings, their sandy stalks attached below the sand’s surface. We had previously found larval sea snails in similar egg sacs but these were a little smaller (about 20 mm in length) so we opened one and extracted a larva. The microscope showed a little creature (less than 1 mm long) with red eyes and several pairs…

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Feb 3

February 3, 2017

Swimming with Surf Sardines at Myponga Beach

by David Muirhead I snorkelled at Myponga Beach’s south-western rock channels again this morning (29th Jan 2017) with my daughter who expressed interest in accompanying me because she’s never been in the water there. (No suits, just bathers, booties, fins, hood, mask, snorkel, SPF30+ and Sea Life camera.) The water was clear for a change (it’s been a wet, wild warm season). Bit surgier than same time yesterday morning (tide still well in but ebbing both days, with entries around 1030 a.m.) Today’s…

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Jul 3

July 3, 2016

Victorian marine worm I.D.

Early April 2016, we received an email message with the subject heading “Possible new species”. The message read (in part), “I was just went down Shoreham Beach with my family for a walk through the reef and stumbled across a strange creature. We were able to get a good quality video of it and thought I could send to you. We have previously sighted it three years ago at Mushroom Reef but wasn’t able to get it to any professionals….

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Feb 4

February 4, 2016

Warning of hefty penalties for reef picking

That heading comes from PIRSA as part of a warning to fishers regarding rules for removing organisms  from intertidal reefs in SA. Reef Watch says that it gets quite a few reports from members of the public who have observed people taking organisms off intertidal reefs. The taking of marine organisms from intertidal reefs was banned along the shore of Gulf St Vincent (from Brighton jetty to Cape Jervis) in 1995. Details of the ban were mentioned in our April 1995…

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Jan 8

January 8, 2016

ADELAIDE & MOUNT LOFTY RANGES NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT BOARD’s 2014-15 ACHIEVEMENT REPORT

We recently received the latest Achievement Report from the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board (AMLRNRMB). The 2014-15 Achievement Report has now been filed alongside reports for the past two years (mlssa 2321). According to Prof. Chris Daniels, Presiding Member for the AMLRNRMB, 2014-15 “marks the first year of delivery under the board’s new 10 year strategic natural resources management plan for the region”. A glance through the report reveals sections on topics such as biodiversity, coast…

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Aug 23

August 23, 2015

The wonderful and diverse syngnathids of Normanville, South Australia

I am a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences where I study the evolutionary relationships among seahorse, seadragons, and pipefish in the family Syngnathidae. I employ DNA sequencing, morphological characters, and underwater photography to gain a better understanding of these relationships which are largely unresolved in this family, and therefore is in need of a major revision which will help in the management and conservation of these fishes. Australia, and in particular Southern Australia, is a major hotspot…

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Oct 15

October 15, 2014

wetland shorebirds - Dan Monceaux

Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary talk with Tony Flaherty, October 16

This month’s Port Environment Forum is on Thursday the 16th at 7pm, at the Port Adelaide Town Hall (entry off Nile St). The topic will be the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, with guest speaker Dr Tony Flaherty (Coast and Marine Manager for the Adelaide region. Tony was recently announced as the recipient of the Conservation Council’s 2014 Unsung Hero Award. This should be an excellent and informative talk about the closure of the saltfields north of Adelaide, their importance to the many thousands of…

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Jul 12

July 12, 2014

More on the adaptations of plants that can tolerate being close to the sea

As explained in Brian Brock’s 2013 Journal article “Adaptation of some Coastal Species”, Brian has had a life-long interest in coastal plants. He wrote to us several times between May & June 2014 to discuss several aspects of the subject. An early letter from Brian said (in part), “Coleman & Cook have an interesting paper called “Habitat Preferences of the Australian Endangered Samphire Tecticornia flabelliformis” (Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 2009, 133 (2):300-306). “What is there about…

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Jul 12

July 12, 2014

Polypores (Bracket fungi) & their conks (woody fruiting bodies)

Following the publication of my 2013 Journal article about lichens on trees, Brian Brock wrote to me, saying “Dear Steve, your lichen-like growth on page 6 of the (2013) Journal (see photo below) may be a thin fruiting bracket (‘conk’?) of a wood decaying fungus. A lichen-like growth on a coastal tree at Semaphore beach (Taken with iPhone by Steve Reynolds) If you (had) looked under the bracket, you might (have seen) small pores that carry the fertile layer (from…

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