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:
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.
This little spotted scat (Scatophagus argus) was photographed on a black background. The scientific name literally means “Poo eater with many eyes”. Charming!
A tailed freshwater sole photographed on a black background while swimming.
A Tailed freshwater sole photographed in a black petri dish.
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.
The flag tailed grunter (Amniataba caudavittata) is a small, aggressive fish found in estuaries of northern and western Australia
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 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.
I was lucky to get this snap of a tarpon yawning!
A Vachell’s glassfish (Ambassis vachellii) from a tidal stream near Darwin.
Another striped scat
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 silver biddy (Gerres sp) from a freshwater stream near Darwin
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.