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Category: Science

Mating Coffin Rays

Roger Lee from the Diving Organisation of University of Technology Sydney (DOUTS) captured this terrific footage of Coffin Rays mating.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 23 Mar 2012

Frogs in nests?

Most of the time, frogs deposit their eggs in a pond or stream and leave their offspring to fend for themselves. Limborg's Frogs, however...

By: Dr Jodi Rowley, Category: Science, Date: 22 Mar 2012

DigiVol: Thoughts from Vanessa Finney

An interview with Vanessa Finney, Manager Archives and Records who talks about her experiences working with the Digitisation Project.

By: Leonie Prater, Category: Science, Date: 16 Mar 2012

This week in Fish: Fish eyes through the lens

Among other great images, we have posted photos of the eyes of a Longhead Flathead and a Smalltooth Flounder. The images were not taken with fish eye lenses :). Nearly all species of fishes have eyes, but some don't.  We've provided some links to information on blind fishes plus one link to an Australian species that is blind-in-name-only.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 16 Mar 2012

This week in Fish: Sawfish saw in action

"Sawfish seen in action" might sound more grammatically correct than "Sawfish saw in action", but if you click on the link below you'll see why I've given the blog post that name. Thank you as always to everyone who contributed images and comments during the week.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 09 Mar 2012

Sawfish saw in action

This movie clip shows a sawfish feeding. Sawfishes can slash from side to side with the rostrum to stun, impale or even cut prey fishes in half.  The rostrum can also pin fishes to the substrate where they are ingested.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 06 Mar 2012

Larval basslet movies

Fishes of the genus Liopropoma have have extremely long ornate second and third dorsal fin spines during their pelagic larval phase. This ornamentation is lost when the larvae metamophose during the transition between open water habitat and the reefs where Liopropoma species live as adults.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 04 Mar 2012

This week in Fish: Fan-finned mullet

This week we posted images of a strange mullet with elongated fins.  This is not the first image of a strange 'fan-finned' mullet that has been sent to the museum.  We also show an image of a rarely reported dartfish from Sydney Harbour.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 02 Mar 2012

Corals of Kosrae - The Island of the Sleeping Lady

Dr Zoe Richards has just returned from an expedition to Kosrae, Micronesia, where she was surveying coral biodiversity. In this post, she describes her scuba diving surveys beneath the Island of the Sleeping Lady.

By: Dr Zoe Richards, Category: Science, Date: 01 Mar 2012

Corals of Kosrae - The Lelu Ruins

Dr Zoe Richards has just returned from an expedition to Kosrae, Micronesia, where she was surveying coral biodiversity. In this post, she shares her experiences at the ancient and fascinating Lelu ruins.

By: Dr Zoe Richards, Category: Science, Date: 01 Mar 2012