RLS discovers new population of Red handfish (Thymichthys politus)
A team of Reef Life Survey divers has discovered a new population of critically endangered Red handfish (Thymichthys politus) in southeastern Tasmania.
The new population was found after a tip off from the public sparked the search of the new area by RLS divers Toni Cooper, Rick Stuart-Smith, Carolina Garcia, Louise De Beuzeville, Martin Puchert, Ondine Pontier & Nelson Roberts. On the Tuesday, the team had undertaken monitoring of what has been believed to be the las
t known population of the species in Frederick Henry Bay, and had found and photographed eight individuals there. This alone was incredible news, as only between 1 and 5 individuals have been seen in any year of monitoring over the last 7 years or so, and there has been just too little data to be able to make any estimate of the population size.