I took this photo today at approximately 11am at Shiprock dive site in Sydney. I have personally never seen this fish before in Sydney so I think it is rare. It looks similar to a very large estuary cod that I spotted in the Solomon Islands last year, but that is an area some 10hrs north of Sydney. This one was small, e.g. the size of a grown Red Morwong. The species type I have used below is my best guess. Please amend and let me know what you think it is.
Seen catching food
This fish was captured at the same location of a Tomato Cod I captured in February this year. Evidence of potential range extension for this species?
Curtis Champion is a PhD student at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. Here he explains how we can use species' preferences for specific environmental conditions to measure and monitor the effects of climate change on their distributions.
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