Well, as per usual I have been extremely busy, this time working at photographing some of the fish found in Australia’s Northern Territory. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:
A silver biddy (Gerres sp) from a freshwater stream near Darwin
Swamp eels are not true eels at all. They live in weedy streams and swamps, making burrows. Predators of small fish, shrimps and insects they have an unusual feature… a single gill slit on the throat.
One of the larger gobies is the Munroe’s or square blotched. This one came from the Adelaide River.
The Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens) was introduced to the Adelaide River system of the NT. Now it is spreading alarmingly fast. This is a male in full display photographed against a black background with debris removed.
A tailed freshwater sole photographed on a black background while swimming.
The Indo-Pacific Tarpon or ox-eye herring is the smaller cousin of the famous giant or Atlantic tarpon. Photographed against a black background. Specks removed.
The most agile of all freshwater fish here in the NT is the northern trout gudgeon (Morgurnda morgurnda) which can often be seen in puddles long distances from any permanent water, crossing damp roads and leaping up the tiniest trickles of water.
The striped scat is common in fresh waters during the wet season when juveniles and young adults move into flooded areas to feed on algae.
I was lucky to get this snap of a tarpon yawning!
Another striped scat
A Vachell’s glassfish (Ambassis vachellii) from a tidal stream near Darwin.
A Tailed freshwater sole photographed in a black petri dish.
The flag tailed grunter (Amniataba caudavittata) is a small, aggressive fish found in estuaries of northern and western Australia
The tailed freshwater sole (Asseragodes klunzingeri) is found in tidal and non tidal freshwater rivers of the far north. It eats small insects and crustaceans, burying under sand by day and hunting at night. It grows to 15cm.
This little spotted scat (Scatophagus argus) was photographed on a black background. The scientific name literally means “Poo eater with many eyes”. Charming!