Jump to content

Recommended Posts

 

Would love to know if anyone else has seen or filmed this behaviour before. Cant find anything on tinterweb.

 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Amazing, and a really exciting observation! Never seen this behaviour before and I'm sure this will be of great interest to ichthyologists. Rhinopias eschmeyeri (paddle flap scorpionfish) and Rhinopias frondosa (weedy scorpionfish) are still accepted as different species, but some have speculated that they are 2 different morphotypes of the same species, as they are so often seen in the same locality. I'm no scientist, but your footage appears to prove that. Do you mind if I share this around to some fishy scientists and groups?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Share away Nick and thanks for the info, would be interested to hear what scientists make of this. To add a bit more info. The mating happened immediately after sunset, roughly same time as mandarin fish do their thing. The weedy was following the paddle flap so I suspect the paddle flap was the female, it also looks like it was the paddle flap that released the eggs.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well done Steffan, amazing capture

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gerry Allen's answer included this:

 

"Looks like those are most likely male & female of a single species, so most interesting for sure. If this is the case the earlier name would be the valid one."

 

Rhinopias frondosa was described in 1892, and Rhinopias eschmeyeri in 1977, so R. frondosa would presumably be the valid name.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sponsors

Advertisements



×
×
  • Create New...