CReefs - The Australian Node

Lizard Island images - 2010

 

 


Kim Boyall snorkelling. Image: Gary Cranitch.


Darren Niejalke examining specimens under a microscope.
Image: Gary Cranitch.


A polychaete of the family Terebellidae, genus Reteterebella.
Image: Gary Cranitch.


Dr Rob Adlard and the parasites team scuba diving. Image: Gary Cranitch.


A polychaete of the family Eunicidae. Image: Gary Cranitch.


A shrimp of the family Palamonidae, Exocliminella maldivensis, collected by
Dr Marin's colleague, Dr Zdeněk Ďuriš. Image: Gary Cranitch.


A polychaete of a new species of the genus Treptopale. Image: Charlotte Watson.


A polychaete of the family Sabellidae. Image: Gary Cranitch.


A polychaete of the family Terebellidae, genus Lanicedes.
Image: Gary Cranitch.


A polychaete of the family Sabellidae genus Notaulax. Image: Gary Cranitch.

 

Ningaloo Reef images - 2010

 

 


Ningaloo Station. Image: Gary Cranitch
 


The CReefs Ningaloo 2010 team. Image: Gary Cranitch.


A brachyuran of the Hirsutodynomene genus, found on Ningaloo Reef.
Image: Gary Cranitch.


From left to right: Caulerpa peltata, Caulerpa racemosa and Hypnea pannosa collected and photographed at Ningaloo Reef by Fred Gurgel.
Image: Fred Gurgel


Holly Heiniger and Terry Miller diving to collect fish. Image: Gary Cranitch.


Chad Buxton diving for isopods on Ningaloo Reef. Image: Gary Cranitch.


Charlotte Watson examining polychaete specimens in the field laboratory at Ningaloo Station. Image: Gary Cranitch.


Dr Arthur Anker examines a shrimp collected from Ningaloo Reef.
 Image: Gary Cranitch.


A nudibranch of the genus Chromodoris. Image: Gary Cranitch


A coral of the genus Melithaea. Image: Gary Cranitch.


A polychaete of the genus Spirobranchus.


An as yet undescribed species of Stenetriidae. Image: Gary Cranitch.


A bryozoan of the genus Adeona, also known as grey lace coral.
Image: Gary Cranitch.


A specimen of snapping shrimp of the genus Alpheus.
Image: Arthur Anker.


Drs Monika Schlacher-Hoenlinger and Merrick Ekins prepare for a dive.
Image: Gary Cranitch.


A specimen of zoanthid of the genus Acrozoanthus.
Image: Gary Cranitch.


Dr Slava Ivanenko examines coral for copepods.
Image: Gary Cranitch.


A shrimp of the genus Synalpheus, found in a colony in a sponge.


A coral barnacle of the genus Cantellius. Image: Gary Cranitch.


The BBC film crew recording footage of the CReefs expedition.
Image: Gary Cranitch


The shearing shed come CReefs research lab at Ningaloo Station.
Image: Gary Cranitch.


Rob Lasley shows off the results of his crab-catching skills.
Image: Gary Cranitch.


Melbourne Museum bryozoan expert Phil Bock examines specimens.
Image: Gary Cranitch.


BHP Billiton employees Silver Naumoska and Lexie Frankham
processing the ARMS
. Image: Gary Cranitch.


Australian Institute of Marine Science employee Greg Coleman
retrieving the ARMS. Image: Gary Cranitch.


Dr Julian Caley, Principal Research Scientist with the Australian Institute of
Marine Science. Image: Gary Cranitch.


Dr Abigail Fusaro sorting specimens from the ARMS. Image: Gary Cranitch.

Ningaloo Reef images - 2009

 


Zoanthus species at Sykes Reef - this genus is being researched for its flurorescent proteins. Image: James Reimer.


Kareen Schnabel diving for samples.
Image: Gary Cranitch.


Lynda Avery conducts a grab from the ocean floor.
 Image: Gary Cranitch.


An unidentified Cryptochirid from the coral genus Turbinaria. A potential new species of Neotroglocarcinus.  Image: Rob Lasley.


A new species of Platoma.
Image: John Huisman.


An unidentified squat lobster belonging to a new genus.
 Image: Kareen Schnabel.


The taxonomists hard at work processing samples in the lab.
 Image: Gary Cranitch.


A Galethea squat lobster and likely new species
 Image: Gary Cranitch.


Dr Julian Caley and coxswain Aaron Anderson collect two of the Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures.  Image: Gary Cranitch.


An advanced parasitic liver infection inside a porcupine fish.
Image: Gary Cranitch.

Clay Bryce collecting in murky waters.
Image: Gary Cranitch.
 



Soft coral.
Image: Gary Cranitch.

Abby Fusaro.
Image: Gary Cranitch.
 

Marine scientists at work inside the shearing shed.
 Image:
Gary Cranitch.

Unidentified Polychaete of the Serpulidae family.
Image: Gary Cranitch.
 

The shearing shed at Ningaloo Station.
 Image:
Gary Cranitch.

Lizard Island images - 2009

 

Papuan Cuttlefish (Sepia papuenis) lives on sand and mud adjacent to coral reefs. It is recognised by the number and orientation of flaps of skin on the body and head. Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, 17 m, 13 Feb 2009, 2000 hrs.
Image: Julian Finn.
 

Pfeffer's Flamboyant Cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi) rarely swims, preferring to amble along the seafloor. The bright colour pattern is possibly advertising that it is distasteful or poisonous. Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, 16 m, 14 Feb 2009, 2030 hrs. Image: Julian Finn.

The Day Octopus (Octopus cyanea) is recognised by black false-eye spots and regular rows of white spots on the arms. It is the octopus most commonly seen by divers on the Great Barrier Reef. Coconut Beach, Lizard Island, intertidal, 10 Feb 2009, 0430 hrs. Image: Julian Finn.
 

The Plain-body Night Octopus (Callistoctopus aspilosomatis) gets its name from the absence of white spots on its body. It emerges during night low tides to forage in shallow pools. Coconut Beach, Lizard Island, intertidal, 9 Feb 2009, 0400 hrs. Image: Julian Finn.

Lizard Island from the air.
Image: Gary Cranitch.
 

Dr Julian Caley on Lizard Island.
Image:
Angus Livingston.

Heron Island images

 
Eel in the reef near Heron Island.

Eel in the reef near Heron Island.
Image: John Huisman

Sea turtle at Heron Island.

Sea turtle at Heron Island.
Image: John Huisman

Images: (Below and left)
Angus Livingston

 

Pier at sunset.

Pier at sunset.
 

 

Sunset over the wreck of HMAS Protector.

Sunset over the wreck of HMAS Protector.
 

 

Ningaloo Reef images

 
Western Australia Sunset

CReefs manager Shawn Smith studies
a map during a night trip
. Image: S. Graham

Western Australia Sunset

Ashley Miskelly, Shawn Smith
 and Paul Costello.
 Image: G. Cranitch.
 
Western Australia Sunset

Windy weather at Ningaloo.
Image: S. Graham
Western Australia Sunset

Samples of DNA barcoding were taken from this
file shell. Image:
G. Cranitch
 
Black-headed python (Aspidites melanocephalus).

Black-headed python (Aspidites melanocephalus),
about 3 metres in length, bravely photographed
at Ningaloo by the senior curator of tropical
biodiversity at the Museum of Tropical
Queensland, Dr Niel Bruce.
 

Magda Blazewicz-Paszkowycz, Christine Hass.

Magda Błażewicz-Paszkowycz, Christine Hass,
Niel Bruce and Ashley Miskelly with their dive gear.

Image: Gary Cranitch, Queensland Museum.
 

Western Australia Sunset

Western Australian sunset.
Image: S. Graham

 

Western Australia Sunset

Western Australian sunset.
Image: S. Graham

Lizard Island images

 
Beach-at-lizard  
The beautiful beach situated on the
doorstep of the Research Station.
Image: C.Reidy

 

Expedition dive  
Kade Mills on his way to collect
dead coral head specimens. Image: C. Reidy

 

Corals off Lizard  
Corals at "the bommie"; a favourite spot for
the researchers to collect specimens.
Image: J.Browne

 

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An octopus venturing out from its hollow.
Image: J. Huisman

 

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Scientists Katharina, Merrick and Monika
collecting samples on the reef. Image: J. Huisman
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Humbug fish hovering above a coral head.
Image: J. Huisman
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Julian, Kade and Laetitia in the turquoise
waters of the reef. Image: C. Reidy
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The Lizard Island Research Station.
Image: T. Hendriks
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Beautiful cuttlefish spotted on the outer
reef. Image: J. Huisman
 
   

CReefs Australia: A partnership between BHP Billiton, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation,
the Census of Marine Life and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).
CReefs Australia is a node of the Census of Coral Reef Ecosystems (CReefs),
a project of the Census of Marine Life.