fleet klipfish
Tuesday 5th May 2009

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Climacoporus navalis
Common Name       Fleet Klipfish
Photgrapher Juan Snyman
Dive Site The Haerlem Wreck
Date 02/05/2009
Time 9h32
Depth 22 m
Size 150mm





Remarks from the Southern Underwater Research Group  (http:/www.Surg.co.za)

Guido Zsilavecz

Fleet klipfish Climacoporus navalis

Fleet klipfish are known from Still Bay to Port St. Johns. It is noted to be abundant in rock pools, so to see the same species at a depth of >22m is interesting: few klipfish have quite that depth range, and tend to specialize in a certain habitat.

That the photos show the fleet klipfish is fairly certain, as it is described as having "an oval dark ocellus with pale border between origin of lateral line and 2nd-3rd dorsal spines", and having an overall colour ranging from yellow-brown to greenish, reddish or maroon brown, and with irregular barring, which the two photos definitely show.

The name is interesting, as the first specimen was caught off the bottom of the "General Botha" in the Simon's Town naval base, as it was entering the dry dock. While the name was derived from the first specimen, the species does not ocurr naturally as far south as Cape Town.
























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