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    Posted: 19 Feb 2017 at 8:59am
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We got this in 500m from the Waikawa Trench.


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Looks like a Ribaldo (Mora moro) a deepsea cod. This specimen looks a bit paler than the ribaldo I have seen so there maybe another species closely related to the ribaldo that I don't know about, but I'm guessing it's just a standard ribaldo.

They are a commercial species generally caught at 300 metres and deeper.


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Cheers, we should have eaten it then.

We were a bit scared as the only other thing we got was an oil fish and we weren't going anywhere near that.
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Caught in the Kaipara Harbour, possibly a true Rock Cod... any ideas, thoughts chaps?

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Some say Red Cod, some say ******* Cod, or B'stard red cod...

I'm not convinced...Geek
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Originally posted by Catchelot Catchelot wrote:

Some say Red Cod, some say ******* Cod, or B'stard red cod...

I'm not convinced...Geek


Saw this on FB earlier and replied thinking that this is what it is
http://www.fishguide.co.nz/fishguide/saltwater/saltwater_webpage/untitled/Chigodara_ka/Northern*******Cod.htm

then someone posted back with this
http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/2852

I wonder if they are the same fish. Tried posting up proper link but for some reason the hyper link isn't working
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First thought Northern Ba-stard red cod.

But dont recall while fringe on fins on that species.

Think your posting is correct Tzer. Lotela rhacina.

I personally would freeze the fish and get it off to Te Papa for positive id. If not send a photo.
If it is L rhacina then it could be a significant find in N.Z.
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Yup, Lotella rhacina. Beardie rock cod. Quite common in the north. It's smaller than the ba stard cod and you often see it in shallow caves while the ba stard cod is 20 metres plus. The white lines on the fins of the beardie are quite distinctive when you see it in a cave.
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Anyone know what this is? from 320m

Someone suggested Southern Boarfish - Pentaceros Richardsoni

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It almost looks like a short squat Hapuku/NZ Groper.

Appears to be thrashed commercially elsewhere in the world, I wonder what they taste like.

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I wonder if there is a table fish anywhere in the world where the encyclopedia description doesn't say that it has been commercially over exploited? I'll catch them all then retire with the money I 'earned'. Who cares about the next guy. He can go and find another species to exploit. I don't think there any new species left to find now. Damage has been totally done. Now we are just fighting about the scraps that are left.
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Originally posted by Catchelot Catchelot wrote:

It almost looks like a short squat Hapuku/NZ Groper.


Agreed, looks like a Puka and a Tarakihi got a bit amorous at some stage....
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Can anyone identify this fugly beast? caught in 400M just out from White island at the weekend cheers Dave
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No idea! Maybe a ghost shark? Come in Fishman! Reverse google says a tiger shark, I've not seen either but it clearly isn't a tiger 


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Originally posted by snapperdave snapperdave wrote:

Can anyone identify this fugly beast? caught in 400M just out from White island at the weekend cheers Dave

Chimaera - aka Ghost Shark


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Originally posted by Catchelot Catchelot wrote:

Originally posted by snapperdave snapperdave wrote:

Can anyone identify this fugly beast? caught in 400M just out from White island at the weekend cheers Dave

Chimaera - aka Ghost Shark




Its not a Chimaera Al, its actually a Rat tail. Sorry cant get links to work, so cut and paste.

http://www.fishguide.co.nz/fishguide/saltwater/saltwater_picture/Bonyfishes/sokodara_ka_macrouridae/CommonRattail_OomeGinSokodara/18Nov2008AKFM(FromLing)/23cm_body.jpg

http://www.fishguide.co.nz/fishguide/saltwater/saltwater_picture/Bonyfishes/sokodara_ka_macrouridae/CommonRattail_OomeGinSokodara/18Nov2008AKFM(FromLing)/23cm_body.jpg

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Yep, Tzer's on to it. Chimaerids and Grenadiers both live at the same depths and can both have 'rat tails' so they are often confused. The Grenadiers like this one are true bony fish of the cod family while the Chimaerids are closer to sharks and have a skeleton made of cartilage. Only the Grenadiers can have scales.

400 meters is getting deep Confused Thanks for posting Thumbs Up


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Thanks guys - that fish ID website is a good resource...  I can confirm rat tail filletmakes good blue nose bait Big smile
400M is getting a bit deep - thank Neptune for electric reels!!
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OK - so here's another mystery fish, caught 5 years ago by a mate way up in the upper reaches of Rangaunu harbour on a soft bait. I told him I thought it might be a spotted grouper, a protected species - so it went back unharmed. 
 
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