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This week in Fish: Shorthead Seahorse and Saddled Snake Eel

We added some great images and movies this week.  The Eastern Red Scorpionfish page has been updated to reflect the correct species name and an image of a juvenile Southern Red Scorpionfish was added.  Thanks all!

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 13 Jan 2012

This week in Fish: Octopus mimic

The first week of the new year sees us back into the swing of things.  Thanks everyone for your contributions.  The fish mimicking an octopus mimicking a fish is quite amazing.

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

Eagle rays in the shallows

This movie shows eagle rays (probably Southern Eagle Rays, Myliobatis australis) in very shallow water at Hopetoun, Western Australia.

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

Saddled Snake Eel, Leiuranus semicinctus

A Saddled Snake Eel at a depth of 1 m, New Caledonia, 2011. 

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

Fish mimicking octopus mimicking fish!

The Mimic Octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) has been known for some years for its ability to mimic flatfish, lionfish and seasnakes.  A recent discovery in Indonesia adds a whole new twist to this story.  The Black-marble Jawfish (Stalix cf. histrio) mimics the Mimic Octopus. This is believed to allow the small fish to forage in relative safety well away from its burrow.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 05 Jan 2012

This week in Fish: 2011 - it was a big year!

Thank you very much to everyone who contributed to the fish site throughout the year.  Permission to use images and movies was granted by 87 people. I've compiled a short summary, below, of what you have made possible.  So, thank you and best wishes for a happy, safe (and fishy) 2012.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 30 Dec 2011

This week in Fish: First live photos of a Monte Bello Seahorse

We added some great new content this week and are excited to show images of a Monte Bello Seahorse. These may be the first underwater photos of the species. As always, thank you to everyone who contributed and best wishes to all our 'fish friends' for the Festive Season.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 23 Dec 2011

Balinese Women Artists: Collecting their Stories and Paintings

Balinese Paintings: collaborative research - Siobhan Campbell - Sydney University, & Stan Florek - Australian Museum - October 2011.

By: Dr Stan Florek, Category: Science, Date: 20 Dec 2011

The Octopus and the 'Living Fossil': Closer Than We Thought

Q&A with the Museum biologist who helped answer an enduring question about the family tree of the second largest group of animals on earth: molluscs.

By: Michael Hugill, Category: Science, Date: 15 Dec 2011

This week in Fish: Hagfish movie and Red Bass

Well technically speaking, it hasn't been a week.  A few of the images below were added to the site before I went on leave, and a few have been added since I returned.  Thank you as always to all who have contributed.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 09 Dec 2011