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Small Sea Spiders Genus Pycnogonum

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 18, 2019 09:35 AM HST

Description

The weirdest thing I've seen all year.
Thought it was a crab at first that looked a little deranged, but after some observation I noted that it looked more spider like (only having 8 legs). I think its head must be the white end (cause that seems to be the end its walking toward??)
Last photo shows egg mass it carries under its body.
It definitely has jointed appendages and a hard exoskeleton so I know its an arthropod. Any further classification is much appreciated.

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What

Cook's Scorpionfish Scorpaena cardinalis

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 03:16 PM HST

Description

Found camouflaging into surrounding rock face.

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Square

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 03:14 PM HST

Description

Found in 4-6m water. Always in sheltered, shadowy crevices in the rocks.

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What

Lowfin Moray Gymnothorax porphyreus

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 03:12 PM HST

Description

Found sheltering in a small cave in the rock face

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What

Red-tipped Urchin Heliocidaris tuberculata

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 03:10 PM HST

Description

No not an alien planet, just the insane morphology of the Heliocidaris tuberculata

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Square

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 03:09 PM HST

Description

Found in 4-6m water. Always in sheltered, shadowy crevices in the rocks.

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Square

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 03:07 PM HST

Description

Found in 4-6m water. Always in sheltered, shadowy crevices in the rocks.

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Square

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 03:07 PM HST

Description

Found in 4-6m water. Always in sheltered, shadowy crevices in the rocks.
Encrusted in a sponge.

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Square

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 03:07 PM HST

Description

Found in 4-6m water. Always in sheltered, shadowy crevices in the rocks.

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Square

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 03:06 PM HST

Description

Found in 4-6m water. Always in sheltered, shadowy crevices in the rocks. Take note of the very different morphologies could this potentially indicate multiple species???

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Square

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 03:05 PM HST

Description

found in 4m water

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Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 02:15 PM HST

Description

Sorry for the poor photos.
Not 100% sure on the species ID for this one, but pretty sure the genus is correct

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What

Hydrozoans Class Hydrozoa

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 02:07 PM HST

Description

Not sure about the ID for this one. Looks like a hydrozoan to me though, found in the Rikoriko Cave.

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What

Silver Trevally Pseudocaranx georgianus

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 01:21 PM HST

Description

Small school formed under the boat

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Square

What

Koheru Decapterus koheru

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 01:19 PM HST

Description

Small schools found swimming among schools of blue Maomao and Demi's

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What

New Zealand Mado Atypichthys latus

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 01:02 PM HST

Description

Seen a few of these ones swimming among schoools of Blue Maomao and Demi's

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What

Clown Doris Ceratosoma amoenum

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 01:00 PM HST

Description

Found in 4m water.

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What

Jewel Anemone Corynactis australis

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 12:56 PM HST

Description

Found at 3m water in a sheltered crevice

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What

Eastern King Wrasse Coris sandeyeri

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 12:51 PM HST

Description

Curious Sandager's wrasse checking out what the humans are up to

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Square

What

New Zealand Demoiselle Chromis dispilus

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 12:39 PM HST

Description

Schooling among Blue Maomao

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Square

What

Violet Sweep Scorpis violacea

Observer

ellalis

Date

April 10, 2019 12:39 PM HST

Description

swarms of Blue Maomao surrounding snorkelers at Poor Knights

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What

Smooth Hammerhead Sphyrna zygaena

Observer

ellalis

Date

February 17, 2019 10:47 AM HST

Description

Found washed up on the rocks after high tide. Nearby a location known for surf casting.

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What

Pygmy Sperm Whale Kogia breviceps

Observer

ellalis

Date

February 17, 2019 12:52 PM HST

Description

Found washed up on the beach. Looks as though it had been there for a day or so just judging by the fly holes. Couldnt quite decifer the species, I'm sure someone could help ID this.

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Square

What

Moon Snails Family Naticidae

Observer

ellalis

Date

January 31, 2019 04:54 PM HST

Description

No idea what this is???
saw lots of them in the estuary though.

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What

Silver Trevally Pseudocaranx georgianus

Observer

ellalis

Date

January 31, 2019 05:34 PM HST

Description

This juvenile trevally swarm with us all the way up the estuary.

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What

Spotted Stargazer Genyagnus monopterygius

Observer

ellalis

Date

January 30, 2019 02:05 PM HST

Description

Found in about 4m water just chilling out on the bottom.

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Square

Observer

ellalis

Date

February 4, 2019 07:44 AM HST

Description

Managed to spot this well camouflaged Scyphax among the sand grains

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Square

What

Blackfoot Paua Haliotis iris

Observer

ellalis

Date

December 8, 2018 09:01 AM HST

Description

Little Paua growing some ecklonia

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Observer

ellalis

Date

January 31, 2019 04:48 PM HST

Description

sat still enough for this little Mantis Shrimp to poke its head out and say Hi!

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Square

What

Smooth-handed Crab Pilumnopeus serratifrons

Observer

ellalis

Date

January 31, 2019 05:04 PM HST

Description

not 100% surewith the ID on this one but I'm wondering whether the white might be a fungus growth?? Maybe someone can shed some light :)

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