This movie shows the species very nicely. The fish swims so close to the camera it gives us a great view of its fleshy lips, colour pattern on the head and the forehead hump (click on the link to 'Hyperostosis - Swollen Bones' to find out more about this phenomenon).
Highlights for the week include a new movie from Agent 1 on 'The exciting life of Anglerfishes, a movie showing a halosaur at a depth of 1027 m and an outrageously coloured Lilac-tip Basslet swimming on the HMAS Brisbane. Thank you as always to all our contributors.
In 2009, colleagues at the University of Washington, created quite a stir when they described a new species of frogfish from Indonesia. The fish goes by the scientific name Histiophryne psychedelica. When you watch the movie you'll probably agree that psychedelica is a good name for this strange fish.
Someone asked me about the difference between common and standard names. In short, the standard name is the official name of the species. Common names are all the other names that have been used. In Australia there have been over 13000 common names used for around 4500 species!
This week we feature movies of three strange fishes that were on other websites. To each we have included additional information. As usual we are delighted to show movies and images from 'local' contributors. More images and fact sheets have been migrated from the old site. As always - thank you to all our contributors!
A weird-looking fish that people have compared with Shrek, the animated character, has been filmed in Japan. The fish is an Asian Sheepshead Wrasse, Semicossyphus reticulatus. It is a labrid fish (family Labridae) that occurs in China, Japan, and both North and South Korea. Australia is home to over 180 species of wrasses. Regrettably for divers, the Asian Sheepshead Wrasse is not one of them.