Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Fishes of Australia's temperate seas - Leatherjackets

There are many different species of leatherjackets in Victorian waters. They all have skin with small embedded scales and can be really colourful. They are called leatherjackets because of the way the skin peels off like a tight fitting coat and a number of species are good eating. This picture is a closeup of the markings on a horseshoe leatherjacket.
Six-spined Leatherjacket

Pygmy Leatherjackets

Mosaic Leatherjacket

Bridled Leatherjacket

Close-up of blue scribbling on a Six-spined Leatherjacket.

Horseshoe Leatherjacket

Six-spined Leatherjacket