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Seven Month Old Spotted Handfish

Seven-month-old spotted handfish, 2530 mm in length. Handfish have been bred in captivity as part of a federally-funded recovery program led by CSIRO Marine Research.

Handfish are small, bottom-dwelling fishes that would rather walk on their pectoral and pelvic fins than swim. They are native to Australia and five of the eight identified handfish species are found only in Tasmania and Bass Strait. The spotted handfish is endemic to Tasmanias lower Derwent River estuary. In 1996, the spotted handfish became the first Australian marine fish to be listed as endangered. Scientists, government and the community are involved in a federally-funded recovery plan for the spotted handfish led by CSIRO Marine Research.

Picture credit: Craig Macaulay/CSIRO Marine Research.

Photographer : Craig Macaulay/CSIRO Marine Research

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Seven Month Old Spotted Handfish
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