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Scientific name: Oplegnathus conwayi
Common name: Cape knifejaw
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Chordata Vertebrata Actinopterygii Neoptrygii Perciformes Percoidei Oplegnathidae Not defined Oplegnathus Oplegnathus conwayi


Short Description:

Oblong grey triangular shaped body with fused teeth to form a parrotlike beak.A dark bar acroos the eyes to form a mask. Small scales over the whole body.Juveniles is bright yellow with two vertical black bars on sides of body

Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11 - 14; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 11 - 13  
Size: 90 cm 
Diet: Feed on benthic invertebrates and algae  
Distribution: Western Indian Ocean: South Africa. 
Depth: 150m 
Habitat: Adults found near reefs, juveniles found near floating objects 
Reference: FishBase
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Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Analize de Vries-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-06-06 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 16 150mm 14m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Analize de Vries-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-06-06 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 16 150mm 14m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Dieter Hoffman-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-02-14 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Phillips Reef 21 350mm 16 Sony DSC-W150 photo
Gerald Smith-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-05-09 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Vital Link 17 350mm 16m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-12-21 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Mark 4 The wall 17 100mm 8m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-09-26 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Scotsmans Reef/Moonie 16 100mm 14m Canon Powershot G10 photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-06-26 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Phillips Reef 15 400mm 8m Olympus SP560UZ photo
Juan Snyman-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-03-26 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Vital Link 18 450mm 16m Olympus SP550UZ photo
Juan Snyman-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-03-24 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Fort Raggie 16 150mm 16m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd video
Lucinda Lear-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-06-16 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 18 200mm 26m Olympus SP560UZ photo
Neal Bruton-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-09-14 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Gasmic Gorge 16 150mm 23m Sony DSC-P150 photo
Pauline Wilson-(Port Elizabeth) 2011-12-30 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Scotsmans Reef/Moonie 16 200mm 12m Sony DSC-W390 photo
Quinton Andrews-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-05-23 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Riy Banks 17 300m 25m Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR photo
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