Introduction: Blackbelly rosefish (Helicolenus dactylopterus) are also called jacopever. A distinguishing feature of Scorpaenid fishes are the presence of spines of the head. It is a very spiny fish, many in the fins with many sharp projections from the head and gill covers. Helicolenus means 'strong elbow or arm' and dactylopterus is 'finger-fin' referring to the free pectoral rays. The South African name jacopever is derived from Jacob Evertsen, an early Dutch sailor, who sported a ruddy complexion and prominent eyes. His crew couldn't resist naming him after this fish.
Diet: Krills, mysids, mantis shrimps, crabs and squid.
Colouration: Overall red-orange with a white belly and chest. There are a number of brown blotches along the base of the dorsal fin.
Breeding: Breeds in January, releasing eggs into the water, hatching after a short pelagic life.
Max size: 40cm.
visit the Kolmanskop Ghost town near Luderitz
trip into the Sperrgebiet (forbidden diamond area) with visits to the abandonded mining town of Pomona & the rock arch at Bogenfels
Several cruises around Luderitz harbour, options include sunset cruises & a visit to an oyster farm